COUNTRY AFFILIATE BREAKS THE DROUGHT

first_imgThe small farming community of Millmerran, located 210 kilometres South-west of Brisbane, has been doing it tough during the drought with little to cheer about with limited rainfall affecting the mixed farming operations in the district.The sport of Touch Football has given the close knit community a reason to cheer and made Monday night’s a little more exciting in the sleepy township with the formation of the first affiliated touch football competition in the area.Touch Football in Millmerran is a living, breathing example of the sport’s catch cry of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime.Established in 1841, the Millmerran shire famous for sheep, cattle, dairy, cereal grains and cotton is an hour’s drive from the next closest touch affiliate in Queensland in Toowoomba.Millmerran is a Rugby League stronghold with the Millmerran Rams having a long and proud tenure in the Toowoomba Rugby league competition. The link between League and Touch Football is thus an easy leap to take.Recognising the need to engage the local community in sport, and the interest of the community in playing a football off-shoot, the Millmerran Shire Council through the Millmerran Sport and Recreation Centre, contacted the Queensland Touch Association late last year to start a competition and affiliate with the parent body.Nine teams comprising cattle, grain, and dairy farmers, cotton chippers, school children, power station workers, and assorted townsfolk congregate at the Millmerran Sports Centre every Monday night throwing their best long balls and conjuring their super steps in the Millmerran Sports Centre Mixed Touch Competition.Touch Football Queensland Development Officer Terry Mc Sweeney has been instumental in helping the town build their affiliate and is impressed with the enthusiasm of the locals who have embraced the competition with gusto.“It’s a 26 week competition.  It’s the first affiliated competition in the district ever. They play seven a side to get everyone involved and run two timeslots, 6.30pm and 7.30pm – it gets too cold otherwise! They began in February and will go through to July, they are just loving it. It’s certainly an eye opener to the uninitiated. It’s very laid back, but it’s a great start, and it certainly helps the farmers to take their minds of more pressing and serious issues around the drought.” Mc Sweeney said.An eye opener, you can say that again.Consider the following, then compare the conditions most people operate in the metropolitan areas.The state of Millmerran’s fields and the grass cover – well, you have to have grass to worry about that, and you have to have water to concern yourself about restrictions. No dramas here!The grounds are rock hard, “Hard, but level” the locals nod sagely.Harder fields mean there are more casualties than in a season’s worth of “ER” episodes. Lots of injuries, lots of  insurance claims then? Hardly, locals argue, rather sensibly, that by the time it takes to fill in the form required and for the associated processes to be followed, they’ll be better. Refereeing is the most interesting aspect of the Millmerran competition.The ninth team in the competition (who have the bye) referee the two games from the scoreline (lighting is at it’s best here) and “We trust you to keep your own five metres.”… Imagine how much players in the SEQTL or Vawdon Cup would love that rule, unkind critics would say it would be business as usual for the majority.The lighting is decidedly dodgy, there are no uniforms, and team availabilty for games sometimes hinges on getting through the daily chores on the farm.Oh, and did I mention it’s cold?How cold?Think Leo freezing in the Arctic waters in “Titanic” and you’re in the ball park.Then there’s the travel. Farmers travel up to 40 kilometres from nearby Southbrook, Brookstead, and the Yandilla district to play, but the popuation of 1400 have enthusiastically embraced the game and can’t get enough of it.“We ran this season just to see how it was received and we are overwhelmed by the response. There are players from ever walk of life involved, and it is a tremendous social release – it’s fun and it’s fitness, and it’s been fantastic for the town. We’d like to get a bit more professional with refereeing and uniforms and the like, but it’s just great to see the community have something to enjoy.” Roberta Richter, Manager of the Millmerran Sport and Recreation Complex said.The Millmerran Shire Council governs the Sport and Recreation Complex and the body will be looking to proceed next season with a Level One Referees Course and a possible AusTouch Centre program for the children in the township.“Some of the farmers who travel really look forward to it. It’s pretty heartbreaking at times and a tough lifestyle, so anything that takes your mind off the drought for a while is a welcome distraction. The fields are so hard, but these guys are out there diving around everywhere, they breed ’em tough out this way for sure. It’s great to see people playing touch, having a drink after the game, and catching up, it’s something common to the game right across the nation.” Touch Football Queensland’s Terry Mc Sweeney said.We’ll keep an eye on the Millmerran competition and keep you posted on its progress. Word is some high profile referees are keen to make the trek out to Millmerran to assist with the Grand finals, as long as they’re prepared to referee from the scoreline and let the players set the five metres, can’t imagine there’ll be too many problems…Now there’s a strategy for improved player/referee relations!If you live in the Millmerran Shire and are looking to play Touch Football, contact Roberta Richter or Kelly Grant on 07) 46951036 or e-mail ceo@millmerran.qld.gov.au for further details.last_img read more

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TFA ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS TEAM AND HISTORIC TOUR

first_imgTouch Football Australia have pleasure in announcing details of the first official tour by a fully sanctioned Australian Indigenous Touch Team.On a red-letter day, with an historic “Apology” being tabled as the first item of business for the new federal parliament today to Indigenous Australians for the tribulations of the past on the behalf of the federal government, it is fitting that TFA spotlights Indigenous participation in our sport with the announcement of the tour.After many months of planning between Touch Football Australia and the TFA Indigenous Advisory Committee, final team selections have been completed and details of the historic tour to New Zealand have been released.The 7-day whistle-stop tour will stretch from Tuesday 1 April – Monday 7 April 2008 and is an exciting cross-cultural exchange for both Countries.The on-field action will see the Aussies engaged in clashes against the major Touch Football centres of the North Island of New Zealand.Provincial combinations from Hamilton and Auckland are sure to test the mettle of the Australian Indigenous squad, whilst the competitive highlight is sure to be a series of games against New Zealand Youth squads (the Junior Touch Blacks) in Wellington.TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant is excited by the positive outcomes the tour is likely to generate for the sport and the individuals participating.“This is a unique opportunity to provide a pathway for talented Indigenous players to learn, improve, and to showcase their talents on a bigger stage. The cross cultural exchange in terms of traditions and styles will be a great bonus, and the opportunity to represent Australia in an official Indigenous Team will be a major highlight in the careers of these players,” Mr. Grant said.TFA will be sending a Men’s and Women’s Open Team to New Zealand, and the combinations are chockfull of talent.The Women’s Open team will be spearheaded by dual Australian Women’s Open World Cup Winner (2003/07) Bo De La Cruz, former Australian Women’s Open Training squad member Theresa Anderson and former Australian Youth representative, Tamara Appo.Current TFA National Youth Squad members Jordan Ahsam, Kristin Wuruki, Jess Shaw, and Jenaya Quan are young guns on the rise and will benefit enormously from the opportunity to test themselves against potential 2009 Youth World Cup combatants in the shape of the Young Black 18 Years Girls and 20 Years Women’s Teams.The Indigenous Women’s Team will be coached by 2007 Australian Mixed Open World Cup Assistant Coach and 2009 Australian 20 Years Mixed YWC Coach, Karley Banks.Northern Eagles NTL coaching identity Corey Draws will Assistant Coach the team, with Jenny Benson from New South Wales managing the side.The Men’s Open Team will include current Lebanon Men’s Open World Cup player Trent Touma, TFA National Youth Training Squad members Cody Green, and Kristian Congo, as well as 2005 Australian Youth World Cup representatives Ricky Morris and Matt Baker.Two players, brothers Naselli and Pattock Tamwoy are from Badu Island and are amongst a player group that resides in many and varied parts of the nation.The Team will be coached by TFA National 18 Years Men’s Assistant Coach Ricky Luland.Assistant Coach is ACT based Michael Zitha, and Manager is the experienced Barbarians NTL identity, Gus David.Prominent Indigenous Touch Football identities Harry and Isobel Appo will be a part of a Tour Management group that includes TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant and Physiotherapist Sharon Searston.The Australian Indigenous Teams are hard at work fundraising to help offset costs of an $1800 per person tour levy.The touring party are unable to access any form of Indigenous funding as the team selected is Indigenous only and under the Australian Sports Commission’s Elite Indigenous Travel & Accommodation Assistance Program [EITAAP] scheme, individuals selected in Indigenous only teams are ineligible to receive funding and Indigenous organisations are ineligible to act as sponsoring organisations.Michael Connolly of Dreamtime Kullilla-Art is the Munda-gutta – Kullawari, is the 2008 AITF Cultural Ambassador & Fundraising Campaign Manager, and is attempting to raise money to help offset costs by encouraging Indigenous and all Australians to make gold coin donations to assist with the overall costs of the Tour.Visit Michael’s website for details of how to make a pledge at www.dreamtime.auz.net or alternatively you would like to make a contribution contact Isobel Appo nttouch@octa4.net.au  or Tel:  08 89368131.The Australian Indigenous Women’s Open Team is: Jordan Ahsam, Theresa Anderson, Tamara Appo, Courtney Bailey, Emma Brereton, Bo De La Cruz, Kayla Faulkner, Sara Hamilton, Ashley Monkland, Jenaya Quan, Kristin Wuruki, Kristin Pearson, Jessica Shaw.The Australian Indigenous Men’s Open Team is: Matt Baker, Colin Cedric, Ross Cedric, Cody Green, Jesse Green, Ricky Morris, Chris Rankine, Trent Touma, David Davis, Steven Ware, Damon Viellaris, Naselli Tamwoy, Pattock Tamwoy.Touch Football Australia congratulate these players and wish them the very best for the tour.last_img read more

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Australian Teams Named

first_imgTouch Football Australia have announced their three Open teams to compete against New Zealand in the upcoming Trans Tasman series.Teams are as follows:Men’s OpenAnthony ZiadeJason StantonSteve RobertsStuart BriertyMatt ProwseChris FarrowAsh FarrowDan WithersGavin ShukerJamie StoweDrumayne Dayberg-MuirNathan JonesJoel WilloughbyGarry SondaDylan HennessyRobert NakhlaCoach – Tony TradAssistant Coach – Peter ForresterAssistant Coach – Paul SfierManager – Gary Rose Women’s OpenBo De La CruzShelley MatchamEmily HopkinSamantha HopkinKelly McGennityKristy JuddClaire WinchesterLouise WinchesterStacey LaphamPeta RogersonRoxanne WinderSharyn WilliamsTeena McIlveenKelly WoodsRachael AddisonNIcole BeckCoach – Kerry NormanAssistant Coach – Dean RussellAssistant Coach – Michael LovettMixed OpenCandice AshleySarah SpacieNikki EtheridgeHayley McAnellyZoe Dacey-AikenKristen BossAmy HopeTony EltakchiBen MoylanScott BuckleyRyan PollockBen McCullenJamie ChanChristian FrostBrett HughesTroy MalcolmCoach – Bernie MorrisonAssistant Coach – Scott McLeodManager – Sandra HughesTouch Football Australia would like to congratulate all on their selection and wish the three teams the best of luck in Wollongong.last_img read more

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10 months agoBrands confirms Everton laying low in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Brands confirms Everton laying low in Januaryby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton director of football Marcel Brands does not believe they will make many moves in January.The Blues are lower in the table than they had hoped, in 11th position.But they are only four points off 7th spot, which is closer to the aim under boss Marco Silva.And Brands believes they will stick with their current squad until the summer.”We don’t have big plans. It’s a very difficult period to bring players in,” said Brands at the club’s annual general meeting on Tuesday night.”We don’t want to let our best players go, also other clubs don’t. I’m more focused on the summer window than the January window.”If we sell or loan players, then maybe we have to do something, and if we do something, it has to be good.” last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd defender Smalling still struggling to make Roma debut

first_imgMan Utd defender Smalling still struggling to make Roma debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Chris Smalling is still struggling to make his Roma debut.TMW says Roma are waiting on the fitness of Smalling ahead of their Europa League opener against Istanbul Basaksehir.He returned to training after missing the Serie A fixture against Sassuolo, but is still a doubt for Thursday’s fixture.Smalling is yet to feature for Roma since moving on loan, after he was an unused substitute for the derby clash with Lazio.The defender is on-loan to the end of this season. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoMan City midfielder Foden in awe of senior teammate Sterling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Foden in awe of senior teammate Sterlingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Phil Foden admit he’s in awe of senior teammate Raheem Sterling.Foden is still finding opportunities limited in City’s star-studded side but he played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s comfortable 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Preston.He said: “Raheem, is just – every time I watch him, I think ‘wow’ and (he’s) a better player every time I see him.”When he gets the ball he just glides past players and gets in the right places to score goals. He is always assisting.”He has got a lot more to come and that is what is good about him, he is still young and improving and wanting to improve. He has high standards and that is the level he has set.”He is a role model and he helps me out a lot, in the game and in training, and overall – helping me with my game, giving me tips and that is what a young lad needs coming through.” last_img read more

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18 days agoBarcelona president Bartomeu: Squad is being rejuvenated

first_imgBarcelona president Bartomeu: Squad is being rejuvenatedby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu addressed members during the General Assembly on Sunday – assuring that the squad is being rejuvenated.Bartomeu reassured them that the club was in a healthy way despite the Champions League semi-final disappointments of the last two seasons.The Blaugrana president emphasised that the Catalans had eclipsed their nearest rivals in terms of trophies won in recent years, with 34 trophies since 2004.That’s more than Bayern Munich (27), FC Porto (21) and Real Madrid (20).”We are winners,” said Bartomeu who stressed that 20 of those titles were under his spell as president.”We are living up to our dimension,” he said.”We have to continue renovating the squad to continue with this natural evolution with talent from both home and abroad.”We are sure this will be a winning generation,” he added, mentioning the likes of Ansu Fati, Carles Perez, Ansu Fati, Abel Ruiz and Alex Collado. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Alabama 5-Star RB Commit Damien Harris Isn’t Fazed By Crimson Tide’s Tough Schedule

first_imgPhil Steele posts about the hardest football schedules for the 2015 season.phil steele toughest schedules 2015Alabama’s path to the College Football Playoff this fall will be a tough one. The Crimson Tide open their season against Wisconsin, host Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU, and travel to Georgia, Mississippi State and Auburn, among others. Noted college football expert Phil Steele has Alabama’s schedule ranked as the country’s toughest. Top 10 toughest schedule 2015 1. Alabama 2. USC 3. Arkansas 4. California 5. Washngton 6. Auburn 7. Texas 8. Utah 9. Stanford @Pac12Networks— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) May 14, 2015This doesn’t seem to faze Crimson Tide five-star running back commit Damien Harris.Let’s get it https://t.co/WJGmR8mbzE— Damien Harris (@DHx34) May 14, 2015A 11-1 season and a win in the SEC Championship Game is likely what Alabama needs to make the College Football Playoff? Can the Crimson Tide get there?last_img read more

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FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman: “I Think It’s Close To A Guarantee” That Texas Will Get Tom Herman

first_imgTom Herman walking off the field with his wife.ABC. Tom Herman will have a big decision to make, if he chooses to take a new head coaching job this season. It could come down to LSU or Texas.LSU has already fired Les Miles, and based on reports, Charlie Strong may be on the chopping block at the end of the year if Texas doesn’t rebound. Herman will definitely be a major target for LSU, but if Texas opens, it will be very hard for the Houston head coach to turn down.On their podcast The Audible, FOX Sports’ college football writers Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel discussed LSU vs. Texas for Herman’s services. Feldman is pretty certain that Herman would choose the Longhorns over the Tigers if it comes down to it.“Mandel: So if you’re a Texas fan right now, how many do you think are just now rooting for them to start losing more so that they can get him? Of course, it’s not a guarantee that you’d get him.Feldman: I think it’s a guarantee you’d get him, or close to a guarantee you’d get him… I think it’s close to a guarantee if Charlie Strong is not the head coach that Texas will go get Tom Herman.SM: Well, LSU fans aren’t going to want to hear that.BF: Sorry LSU, your job isn’t quite as good as Texas.”The Herman discussion comes in at around the 19-minute mark. The full podcast is available here:Herman is from California, which also makes USC an intriguing possibility if they move on from Clay Helton, but he has spent the majority of his coaching career in Texas. Herman was a graduate assistant at UT from 1999-2000, and also spent time on the staffs at Rice, Texas State, Sam Houston State, and Texas Lutheran. In total, Herman has spent 12 of his 18 years in coaching in the state.[The Audible]last_img read more

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A Major Head Coach Is Accusing His Opponent Of Faking Injuries

first_imgAn interior view of Florida State's football stadium.TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)A major head coach is accusing his opponent of faking injuries during a game that occurred Week 1.Willie Taggart, whose Florida State team got blown out by Virginia Tech on Monday night, is accusing the Hokies’ defense of faking injuries to slow down his offense.The Seminoles are running a new uptempo offense, similar to what Oregon runs, and they don’t take a ton of time in between plays.Taggart says Virginia Tech’s defensive players were faking injuries to slow it down.From richmond.com:Florida State football coach Willie Taggart believes Virginia Tech defenders faked injuries to slow down his offense during Monday night’s season opener between the two teams.“It happened too often so it’s hard not to,” Taggart said Wednesday during the ACC’s coaches teleconference. “It happened too often.”Virginia Tech beat Florida State 24-3 on Monday night in the debut of Taggart – and his uptempo offense – with the Seminoles. The Hokies defense dominated the game but after a few longer plays by FSU, Tech defenders were down on the field with injuries.Faking injuries has happened plenty of times before when it comes to trying to slow down offenses.Still, when you’re saying it after your team got blown out, it comes across as a little petty.last_img read more

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4-Star 2021 WR Emeka Egbuka Planning 4 Spring Visits

first_imgEmeka Egbuka gets up after a big catch.NWWBallersEmeka Egbuka is coming off of a big performance at the All-American Combine.The four-star high school sophomore’s recruitment was already off to a fast start. Now, he is getting a ton of attention by many national football powers.Egbuka, a native of Steilacoom, Washington, is open to turning his attention away from only West Coast programs.He’s starting to hear from schools from SEC country, as well as powers in the Midwest.While he doesn’t have rankings from every recruiting site yet, 247 has him at No. 38 in the class of 2021. He is the No. 2 ‘athlete,’ and No. 3 recruit in Washington.Egbuka is also a high level baseball player, and Florida State has told him he would have the opportunity to play both sports.Emeka Egbuka recently outlined a few big visits he plans to make in the next few months.He will get out to the Midwest to see Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, and down to UCLA. From 247Sports:“I’ve been talking a lot with Michigan and Notre Dame and in March, I’m going to the Midwest to do a three-school visit of Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan,” said Egbuka. “And I’ve been talking a lot with UCLA and I’ll be going down to UCLA in February.”He also mentions Auburn, Stanford, and Washington specifically, and programs like Arizona State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin come up as programs that he has interest in.As a 2021 recruit, there is plenty of time to whittle things down, but it is clear that Egbuka is going to be a coveted player over the next few years.[247Sports]last_img read more

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4-Star OT Recruit Gives Huge Notre Dame Update

first_imgNotre Dame football players walking onto the field.PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 28: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish walk out to the field for their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)While the class of 2020 is still the primary focus for college football programs, inroads are already being made with 2021 recruits. Notre Dame is doing particularly well with one of the top offensive linemen in the 2021 cycle.Olney (Md.) Our Lady Good Counsel four-star offensive lineman Landon Tengwall visited Notre Dame last weekend. Afterwards, he declared the Fighting Irish his top school.Tengwall already holds more than two dozen scholarship offers, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Ohio State. He told 247Sports why Notre Dame is his No. 1 right now.“I would say that Notre Dame is my top school right now,” said Tengwall. “Me, Blake Fisher and Zak Zinter, we were together the whole time. We all loved it. We all think it’s a great school and that it’s the best of both worlds in terms of academics and athletics. I don’t think there is a school in the nation that does what Notre Dame does in terms of both. I think that’s huge for all three of us.”Tengwall is the No. 1 player in Maryland and the No. 7 offensive tackle in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports’ proprietary rankings.It is clearly early in his recruitment, but the Fighting Irish currently sit in a good spot for Tengwall.Notre Dame reeled in a strong offensive line class for 2019, including four four-star prospects. The Irish have yet to pick up an O-line commitment for 2020.However, ND’s 2020 class currently ranks in the top 20 nationally.last_img read more

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CBS Releases Its Week 3 College Football Top 10

first_img ClemsonAlabamaLSUOklahomaGeorgiaOhio StateFloridaMichiganNotre DameTexasYou can check out Dodd’s full top 25 and analysis right here.Looking at that top 10, a couple of things stand out. First off, Dodd is a big believer in LSU after the win over Texas. So much so that he has the Tigers ahead of even Georgia, who is ahead of them in both the AP and Coaches’ polls.Secondly, Michigan’s near-catastrophic loss to Army isn’t deterring Dodd from keeping the Wolverines among the elite. Third, he’s still bullish on Texas even after they lost to LSU at home, as the Longhorns only fell two spots.This weekend, we’ll see Iowa and Iowa State face off in their annual rivalry game, while UCF plays Stanford. Those are two of the matchups that could have some impact on Dodd’s rankings for next week. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow celebrates huge college football victory against Texas.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 07: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Before we start Week 3, we have a new set of college football rankings to check out, courtesy of CBS Sports.Yesterday, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd released his updated top 25. Dodd’s personal rankings are cataloged weekly.There were plenty of changes this week, as five new teams entered the rankings, led by USC debuting at No. 16.Here is Dodd’s top 10 entering Week 3. There’s been some shifting in the order, but the 10 squads remain unchanged.last_img read more

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ESPN’s 2nd Half Prediction For Alabama-South Carolina Game

first_imgTua Tagovailoa looks to throw a pass for Alabama.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)We have an early candidate for the best game of the weekend as Alabama and South Carolina are putting on an offensive clinic. The score might seem lopsided in the Crimson Tide’s favor, but the Gamecocks have held their own in this matchup.Tua Tagovailoa and Najee Harris have been very impressive in this game for the Crimson Tide. They’ve both made highlight-reel plays in the first half.On the other sideline it’s been all about Ryan Hilinski, who is showing flashes of potential against a talented Alabama defense. He’s thrown for 175 yards and a touchdown while playing turnover-free football.South Carolina has missed multiple chances to make this a closer game. During the end of the first half the officials ruled Rico Dowdle down toward the goal line, but upon further review it appears he may have broke the plane. Will Muschamp was heated during his brief conversation before heading into the locker room because of the official ruling on that play. It could be the difference in this game.According to ESPN’s FPI, the Crimson Tide have a 95.2 percent chance of defeating the Gamecocks. That percentage most likely would have dropped if Dowdle scored that touchdown in the closing seconds.ESPN's second half prediction for the Alabama-South Carolina game.Barring a comeback for the ages, Alabama should defeat South Carolina this afternoon.CBS is broadcasting this SEC showdown.last_img read more

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India cricketer Venugopal Rao announces retirement from all forms

first_imgIndia cricketer Venugopal Rao announces retirement from all formsVenugopal Rao could amass only 218 runs with a lone fifty to his name in the 11 innings he played for India after making his debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on July 30, 2005.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 10:28 IST Venugopal Rao played 121 first-class matches scoring 7,081 runs with 17 hundreds (Getty Images)India cricketer and Andhra Pradesh skipper Venugopal Rao on Tuesday announced retirement from all forms of the game.”Y.Venugopala Rao, former captain of Andhra Ranji team and India international, who has represented India in 16 ODIs, and 65 IPL matches announced his retirement from all the forms of cricket,” the Andhra Cricket Association said in a statement.The 37-year-old from Visakhapatnam could amass only 218 runs with a lone fifty to his name in the 11 innings he played for India after making his debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on July 30, 2005.He played his last ODI against West Indies at Basseterre on May 23, 2006.Rao played 121 first-class matches scoring 7,081 runs with 17 hundreds and 30 fifties to his credit.From 2008-2014 he played for Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.The ACA office-bearers recollected his valuable contribution to the game.”The President, Hon. Gen. Secretary and the members of the Andhra Cricket Association wish him all the best of luck for his future career and recollect his valuable contribution made by him for Andhra Cricket Association,” it added.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 Venugopal RaoFollow Venugopal Rao retirementlast_img read more

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The Manual’s Picks for Drinking, Eating, Shopping for SXSW

first_img Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail The Best Things to Do in Tokyo if You’re Traveling Solo The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now During SXSW – and the rest of the year, really – Austin is home to one of the country’s best local music scenes. No street corner, restaurant, coffee shop, or dive bar goes without it, and during our SXSW stay we had a chance to sample some of the best haunts for live music, and discovered a few we needed to share and revisit.The Drinkin’ Spots:6th StreetThis entire stretch will satisfy your local music craving, and then some. There are bars for as far as the eye can see (well… more like between Guadalupe and the I-35 on ramp), and all of them feature great acts throughout the day. As thrilling as 6th Street can be, it’s also overwhelming – if you don’t narrow it down, you’re going to feel like an alcoholic, audiophile Goldilocks trying to find which bar and band fits you best. Allow us to help: Definitely check out The Speakeasy, Bourbon Girl, The Parish, and The Bling Pig.Papi Tino’sIf the downtown scene is just too much for you (no shame – seriously, it can be a madhouse), 6th Street tends to mellow as you head further east. That’s where you’ll find this home that’s been renovated into a quaint Mexican restaurant, where the music is live and enjoyable without giving you a panic attack. Between the expansive back porch and house cocktails, there’s plenty to cheer about – the cheering is just a little more quiet.Black Heart BarSXSW dominates 6th Street, but just across Cesar Chavez Street lies a great row of bars that includes this deceptively large joint, which boasts a country-meets-camping vibe. A large back patio area features an on-level stage, so whoever is playing, you’re sure to get a great seat.Icenhauer’s  This bar is near Black heart and, warning, it’s not much to look at from the front (giving off a bit of a disco-meets-college-frat-party vibe) but inside there’s a great setup for watching the game as well as a great outdoor area with fire pits. And we’re not going to lie: their ginger beer whiskey cocktail is a lethal, delicious concoction.Best SXSW Food Trucks:You’d have to try pretty hard to find bad Tex-Mex or barbecue in Austin, but there’s plenty of other great food to be found in Austin’s many gourmet food trucks.East Side KingMost notably, Top Chef season 9 (and prestigious James Bear award winner) Paul Qui’s truck is an absolute must-try if you want to experience culinary genius on a festival-goer budget. The $7 pork belly katsu sandwich is sure to satisfy any hunger or hangover from the wild night before.Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream truck at SouthBitesFor desserts, stop by this Ohio-based truck that made a pitstop at SXSW to offer the most satisfying, cooling quench on a hot Texan day. We recommend salted caramel for those who enjoy the idea of savory and sweet, or a lemon yogurt scoop if you dig classic, tart flavors.DUK TruckIf you can’t leave Texas without sampling some tacos, check out the duck tacos at Duk Truck. Hailing from the neighboring city of San Antonio, the $7 tacos feature smokey strips of tender duck meat with a refreshing mango salsa topped with cilantro.Best Vintage Store:Vintage Clothing ArcadeWhile you have several vintage shop options in Austin, this pop-up that roamed about SXSW was our favorite spot. The one-of-a-kind pieces range from affordable $10 shirts to $50 leather vests – a price we defy your local thrift shop to beat. The organizers also collaborated with local artists to bring live music and drinks, keeping shoppers pumped up and out of the blistering sun. How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs last_img read more

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From Deschutes to Ecliptic: Talking hops with brewmaster John Harris

first_img The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Three decades in the microbrewery business is no small feat—John Harris could attest to that. The Portland, Ore., native has been brewing in the Pacific Northwest since the mid ’80s, jumping between several of the state’s flagship breweries and pioneering some of the most beloved craft beers on the West Coast ever since he began his professional career at a local brewpub while in his early 20s. He’s concocted a venerable list of classics, from Deschutes’ Mirror Pond Pale and Black Butte Porter to McMenamins’ Hammerhead and Full Sail’s Hop Pursuit, while continually batting around the idea of a brewery of his home even when insipid commercial lagers were still at large.Although Harris has undoubtedly made a name for himself in the Northwest—and a respected one, at that— he’s only just beginning. Bespectacled, bearded and donned with a fading, red ponytail, he speaks modestly, a smile brimming from ear to ear whenever he breaks the mildly pensive look on his face. Then again, he has reason to smile. After heading Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve line of beers for nearly 20 years, he finally has a colossal brewhouse to call his own (the aptly dubbed Ecliptic Brewery).Evident from more than the brewery name alone—after all, “ecliptic” refers the sun’s apparent path throughout the year—the concrete-lined interior situated amid a former auto shop in northeast Portland takes after Harris’ keen interest in astrology. Celestial events puncturing such as the winter and summer solstices help dictate the rotating menu every 6 weeks, encouraging new additions to the constantly-rotating menu while providing beer names like Procyon Pale, Spica Hefepils, and Arcturus IPA. The Manual recently sat down with brewmaster to talk about his award-winning career, his new space, and what beer means to him.M: How did you begin your career as a professional brewer in Oregon?JH: I answered an advertisement in Willamette Week in the April of ‘86. McMenamins’ Hillsdale brewpub—[what would become one of nearly 65 establishments in the brewery and entertainment chain’s Northwest lineup]—needed a brewer. I went in, they interviewed and then hired me.M: How did you find yourself moving between the three big-name breweries during the course of the last 30 years?JH: I worked for McMenamins for about two years, from ‘86 to ‘88. During that time we ramped up business and hired a bunch of brewers, only to eventually lay many of them off (including me). At that point I had already started thinking I want to work for a more technically-savvy brewery, and no disrespect to McMenamins, but it just wasn’t there. It was a shoe-string operation at the time, with small kettles and open, unrefrigerated fermentors. There was no real control over fermentation temperature. As I learned more about how to make beer and control the process, I really wanted to get into a brewery equipped with more current technology. I was working with a guy at the time to possibly open a brewpub in Bend, Ore., but I was also constantly looking at a wanted ad for a brewer at Deschutes. I kept telling myself, “that’s your job.” I finally called Deschutes and told them I was their brewer. I was hired within two weeks as the brewery’s first employee.Unfortunately, Bend just didn’t work for my wife and I. It was moving from lumber to tourism at the time, and tough to make friends given how clique the town was. I was friends with the owner of Full Sail, who knew of my wife’s displeasure, and they eventually offered me a position running their Portland operation. We were just starting to talk about opening a new a production brewery [at Deschutes] and I didn’t want to design it and then leave without commissioning it. It was a hard decision—the brewery was growing and the beer recipes were all my own—but it was the right choice.M: Did you have any previous homebrewing experience prior to starting your professional career?JH: I had homebrewed a little bit in the mid ‘80s. Charlie Papazian had just written what became the most entry-level homebrew book, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, and that pretty much revolutionized home brewing in a way. People were obviously brewing prior to that, but his book really brought an understanding to the process and made it accessible. A Portland writer had written a book before that about lagers, but it was highly technical and required so much knowledge before you could figure out what the hell he was talking about. Papazian’s tagline was, “ relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew.”I read a bunch of books and was enjoying the microbrew revolution and all the new beers on the market at the time. I remember my first homebrew was terrible. My friend and I bought a homebrew kit at a local winery, cooked it up, and basically had no clue what we we’re doing. I think it was probably a light lager or pale, but I immediately knew we overcarbonated it when the top came off.M: What does a glass of beer mean to you? Why the desire to brew beer to begin with?JH: I fell in love with the process when I started brewing at McMenamins—and I loved watching people enjoy something I made. It’s great being able to say to myself, “I created that great experience.” Like a chef who might create that wonderful dish for his or her customers to devour nightly, I fell in love with making a consumable product people actually like to drink. Back then, there was theoretically less than 20 people really making beer in Portland. It was also just a cool job.M: What do you look for when crafting your own beers, or when drinking others’?JH: I look at what’s out there and what’s popular to get an idea of what flavors people are into. In America, we all started out modeling beers after English ales such as porters and stouts, but we we’re essentially making them with American ingredients. Ingredients like the different hop varieties didn’t have the ability to create the flavors of their English counterparts, and so we created all these new styles as a result.I believe beer should have balance. If I’m making an incredibly hoppy, quadruple IPA it should still have a malt presence, a sweet presence, a body and mouth feeling. It should all still be present, even if you’re going to get your head smacked by a four-by-four by the bitterness at the end. I feel beer needs to be on the edge, but balanced. I craft styles traditionally, but also artfully interpret them as my own. For instance, we recently had a standard porter, but it also had an American hop character to it—which you wouldn’t normally be looking for in a classic porter. People never expected it.M: Why did you decide to quit Full Sail and open your own brewery and restaurant?JH: Every cook wants their own restaurant, or at least they think they do. I always felt like Portland lacked a brewery that took food as serious as it does beer and I had toyed with the idea of opening a brewery for some time. Everyone always expects pub grub from a brewery, but I wanted to create a place where people would be just as excited to see what’s on the food menu as the beer menu. We have one of the hottest food scenes in the country, if not the hottest beer scene in the country, and I wanted to pair the two together.M: How do you think Portland’s microbrew scene changed over the last 30 years?JH: Before McMenamins started brewing its own beer, it opened several multi-tap taverns where they were more than willing to put out the local beer being made by young brewers attempting to change the world. Oregon has always had a “buy Oregon” mentality, and it’s passionate about the goods it produces. In the late ‘80s, people often used to ask the bar owner what they could get that that tastes like Budweiser. Now that same pub owner often hears requests for beers that are whacky, different, and filled with weird ingredients. We’ve gone from drinking beers normal as possible, to drinking a product as far away from macro beers as possible. People are looking for more esoteric brewing styles. You’re also probably confused if you don’t see 12 beers on tap at a bar.M: What are some of your favorite breweries and beers?JH: I really respect Sierra Nevada as a brewery. Its beers have only gotten better as the brewery has expanded and their seasonal Celebration Ale remains one of my top five beers. I’m an hophead, so I’m always trying the IPA or pale ale when I go to a brewery for the first time, but I’m also a fan of pilsners. The late EKU Pils, though you can’t get it anymore, was really a great beer.M: Where do you think Ecliptic, and craft brewing in general, is headed in the years to come?JH: There’s no better time to be in this industry than now because there is so much acceptance for what we’re doing as brewers. Many years ago, New Belgium founder Kim Jordan declared that [craft beers] would one day represent 20 percent of the overall market share. It was such a bold comment when she said it, but at this point, I looks like it might actually happen. My goal is to provide standard beers people will expect such as pales, IPAs, stouts, porters, and lagers, yet with my own twist. People want to come in and feel as safe as they are at home, but they also want to be able try a sour.Check out Ecliptic’s rotating food and beer menus online, or if in the area, stop by the new Portland brewery. How to Make a Mojito Sleep Cool with Chilipad, a Personal Bed Chiller and Heater Hallo Freunde: Trumer Pils Brings Austrian Lager to the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Volkswagen Golf R Touch: Gesture controls dominate future VW cabins

first_img The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now Editors’ Recommendations And here we were thinking VW was just an economical car company.Vee-dub just dropped a massive amount of technological highlights here at CES 2015 from inductive charging to gesture-based infotainment controls. Now, let’s waste no time and dig right in.MirrorLinkFirst up and perhaps most interesting of all is the announcement rollout VW’s next-gen infotainment system, which will be called MirrorLink, late this year. MirrorLink will be the second version of the German automaker’s “modular infotainment platform” (MIB II) in the United States.The system will critically be able to integrate smartphone apps — including Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony — into the in-dash infotainment system. This, if you’re keeping track at home, sounds awfully similar to Jaguar’s justDrive app, which was unveiled at the Connected Car Conference before the LA Auto Show last year. When it is launched, MirrorLink will also enable to the rollout of both Apple’s CarPlay integration and also Google’s Android Auto for VW owners.This is wholly good news for buyers, as we’ve found the brand’s current infotainment system rather lacking.Golf R Touch – gesture controlsKeeping on the infotainment front, VW has also demonstrated its move from touchscreen to fully touch-less gesture-based controls for future infotainment systems. Shown in the Golf R Touch concept, drivers will be able to control their media, climate, and other systems without ever gumming up their pristine infotainment screen.“The Golf R Touch is equipped with three displays: the 12.8-inch high-resolution infotainment system touchscreen; a Control Center (8.0-inch with touch feedback) arranged beneath it to control vehicle, climate control and media functions; and an Active Information Display (digitalized instruments, 12.3-inch),” VW brags in its press release.The system uses both proximity sensors – something that VW has implemented in its cars for several years – and also onboard, interior cameras, which watch occupants hands for certain movements.Sure, this might seem gimmicky, but it’s a surefire way to keep drivers’ attention on the road ahead. After all, it’s easier to gesture in the air than to refocus your eyes on a screen, seek out a button, and reach out to accurately push it.Piloted parkingFirst demonstrated by Volvo a few years ago, piloted parking – a concept in which a driver gets dropped off by their car while the vehicle autonomously ventures forth to find a parking spot and waits for the driver to call the car back via smart phone – is now becoming a hot topic for automakers.VW is no different. While some of its models will already use sensors and cameras to assist drivers in parking in a tight spot, VW is now showing a car that will – as mentioned above – will park itself in a familiar, mapped parking lot. The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know Aboutcenter_img Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 1. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 2. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 3. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 4. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 5. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 6. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 7. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 8. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 9. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 10. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 11. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 12. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 13. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 14. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 15. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCH 16. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TOUCHlast_img read more

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The Bitter Housewife: Small Batch Cocktail Bitters

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Bring on the Bitter, Because Negroni Week 2019 is Here The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Best American Gin When Genevieve Brazelton started dabbling in craft bitters, her goal was simply to complement her home bar and enjoy cocktails with her husband, Dan. But like other small start-ups, as she began putting her heart into her bitters, the idea of a company emerged.“My husband and I were surprised by my first batch,” said Genevieve. “It was so much better than expected.” As she kept experimenting using real, natural ingredients without the use of extracts, the efforts continued to delight them. Dan said, “I think you have something here—what if we try to sell this?”Genevieve spun in her tracks and spontaneously blurted out, “Oh yeah, and I’ll call it The Bitter Housewife.”Dan replied with, “Oh YES you will!”They researched how to put it all together and then moved from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon, a town she says is great for small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit. They officially launched the company in October 2014 with sales of the aromatic bitters, and then added the grapefruit and cardamom varieties by the holidays.Today, Genevieve focuses on the business when she’s not caring for their 10-month-old child, and Dan helps out at night and on weekends. “We’ve pushed the product more to the home bartender or even the curious home bartender who is interested in bitters, but has no idea how to use them,” said Genevieve. “We also package everything with a hang tag around the neck with a recipe to get started.The Bitter Housewife serves up this recipe for a great summertime drink:Backyard Collins1.5 oz gin (Genever style preferred)1 oz citrus-rosemary syrup*1 tsp The Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters4 oz soda waterPour gin, syrup, and bitters into a collins glass. Add ice, top with soda and stir.*Bring 3/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 lemon juice, a generous handful of rosemary sprigs (4-6), and 2 cups of sugar to a simmer. Cook until sugar is dissolved, then cool.last_img read more

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Switchel Up Your Drinking Routine with This American Classic

first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Picture it. It’s summer, late 1800s. You’ve been up since five in the morning tending your fields. You managed to plow one, but now the sun is high and you’re sweating like a pig. The heavy cotton (or flax or whatever they wore back then—whatever it was, it probably wasn’t comfortable) clothes you’ve got on are sticking to you and you could really use a drink. What do you go for?Switchel. You go for switchel. (And now, just like the people who made our great land so great, you can once again quench your thirst with a drink that is more American than apple pie.The basic make-up of switchel is easy: water, apple cider vinegar, a sweetener of some sort (usually molasses, honey, or maple syrup), and depending on where you were, some other flavoring (like lemon juice or ginger). What results is a tart yet sweet beverage that does wonders for one’s thirst.Let’s be honest, though,  unless you’re one of the ones out there that is taking shots of apple cider vinegar for your health every morning (or brewing your own kombucha), switchel might at first sound a bit, well, gross.Sweet vinegar? Who’d want that? Let’s put the principle of drinking it in perspective, though. What about all those IPAs you drink? You can’t tell us you honestly took that first fateful sip of an IPA as a young pup of twenty-one and went, “Woah, this is great!” Hell no, you probably took a sip and went “Damn, this is bitter.” But then you kept drinking anyway.Same thing here. It might seem unappealing, but give it a few sips and you’re likely to come around just like you did to that fresh-hopped double IPA.Sometimes called switzel or haymaker’s punch (from the fact that it was consumer by farmers who we can only assume spent their time punching  bales of hay), references to the drink go back as far as the late 1700s in New England. Up until recent years, though, there have not been many commercial switchel efforts. You simply made up a batch yourself and that was that.That is changing, though, thanks in part to Vermont’s Up Mountain Switchel, a company dedicated to showing off what is really one of America’s first craft drinks.Sustainably made from local apple cider vinegar, local maple syrup, local water, and organic ginger root, Up Mountain Switchel offers a taste of the past while still giving consumers a modern take on the beverage (i.e. you don’t have to spend eight hours hauling hay and milking cows to enjoy it). Instead, you get a burst of electrolytes without all the sodium that you would from a sport’s drink.Not only do they provide classic flavors such as Original and Lemon, but you can find energizing flavors such as Cayenne and Yerba Maté as well (this was our personal favorite thanks to the mix of refreshment and energy). Whichever variety you go with, each is packed with flavor.So, next time you’re out working hard (or hardly working, we won’t judge) and you need something to quench your thirst that isn’t alcoholic, what are you going to go for? Switchel. You go for Up Mountain Switchel. What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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