Three days of intense Touch Football have been completed over the weekend at the 2008 Be Active State Championships.In the Men’s Open division, Southern Stars claimed the Super League / State Champs double with victory of rivals Perth Brothers.In the Women’s Open, joint MVP Zoe Dacey lead her Northern Spirit team to a win over the Southern Stars. Hosts Rosalie were triumphant over the the Perth Brothers in the Mixed competition.TouchWest would like to thank their sponsors and supporters for assisting with the event and hope that all enjoyed the weekend.For full results visit the Touch West website
The National Rugby League (NRL) and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. The two sports will work together as part of a strategic alliance to create the largest sporting community in the country which will reflect the wider support that exists for Rugby League and the game’s commitment to ensuring there is a ‘place on the field’ for everyone.The new agreement will bring more than 1.03 million participants together playing in competitions under a joint NRL-TFA banner. This is in addition to the 844,000 girls and boys who currently take part in NRL Development programs each year. The alliance delivers significant benefits for both sports: a unique and complete pathway for park players and elite athletes that includes contact and non-contact sports – designed so players never leave the game or the field at any point in time during the calendar year or period of their playing life; enhanced inclusiveness, retention, and access to greater, more diverse playing opportunities for all Australians; a better alignment and consolidation of people, resources and competitions across the country – working together on Touch Football and Rugby League under a joint NRL-TFA banner; curtain raisers for the elite Touch Football athletes to showcase their skills and speed on the world stage at State of Origin and Test matches and selected NRL/representative fixtures; a more effective, year-round calendar of events and utilisation of sporting fields’ and amenities under the NRL banner. At the heart of the strategic alliance is a reuniting of two kindred spirits – after over 40 years apart and now formally coming together as one sporting community. Establishing, arguably and compellingly, Australia’s largest sporting community – bringing together well over 1 million participants across the country involved in competitions. According to the CEO of Touch Football Australia, Mr Colm Maguire, the strategic alliance between Touch Football Australia and the NRL is a definitive ‘game changer’ for Touch Football (and Rugby League) and a watershed moment in the history and evolution of both sports. “Touch Football in Australia was born out of Rugby League and the opportunity to create Australia’s largest sporting community aligned with the NRL is as compelling as it is ambitious and fortuitous,” Maguire announced in Sydney today in conjunction with NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Smith. “And, there is a real opportunity to grow the profile of touch both as a recreational game and an elite sport,” he said. “Not only will our partnership with the NRL provide greater potential to expand the participation base and extend the reach and profile of Touch Football, it will also ensure the sport will benefit significantly from the NRL scale, brand and market and distribution presence,” Mr Maguire added. “Both parties will share in the potential synergies of alignment: particularly in terms of combined approach and effort, revenue growth opportunities, cost saving efficiencies including shared services, scale benefits and consolidated national resources. Another key feature of the partnership will be the creation of a dual track continuous pathway; from grassroots to elite for both contact and non-contact forms of the game,” he added. “The corollary to this is the NRL will position Touch Football as its primary recreational game providing greater options for players, catering for all shapes, sizes and skill levels: expanding significantly their age demographics from ages 5 to 70-plus years old and increasing their female participation base, product offerings and mutually beneficial commercial leveraging opportunities,” Mr Maguire added. “Significantly, the partnership enables Touch Football to realise its vision articulated in its strategic plan, to become Australia’s leading community sport through strategic partnerships,” Mr Maguire said. The alignment of Touch Football under the joint NRL-TFA umbrella and operations will be in effect an alignment of like minds, resources, people and approaches. Touch Football Australia Chair, Mr Michael Rush, added that while this has been a very carefully considered process over an extended period of time, the development of the partnership and the announcement at this junction is at the right time for both sports and tremendously exciting. “I can assure all stakeholders connected to our sport that the TFA Board of Management and executive have undertaken a very thorough and demanding assessment and consideration of what this partnership means for our future. We have been diligent and professional while speculating on the exciting outcomes that can be achieved within a collaborative proposition,” Mr Rush said. “It is our firm view that this strategic alliance is in the very best interests of the sport and our membership. What has truly been encouraging is the fact that our new partner has an identical view. “We are very fortunate to be in the position we are in today; our sport and our large and diverse membership naturally hold significant appeal to the NRL. And this is clearly both a validation and in large part a direct result of all the commitment, hard work and perseverance of volunteers, staff, players, officials and supporters everywhere that have made the sport what it is today,” he added. “I can assure all of our members and stakeholders that it is a very exciting time to be involved in the sport. It is a credit to all of our sport’s stakeholders that have built the sport and made this partnership possible. “The partnership also ensures we are best equipped now and in the future to meet the resourcing, positioning and pathway challenges impacting the crowded Australian sporting market,” he added. Mr Maguire added that from a whole-of sport perspective, the continued support of the Australian Sports Commission is pivotal to ensuring that the participation base of both sports expands and provides consolidation support for future growth. “The outcomes of the announcement will further support the participation targets funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission. TFA is grateful for the ongoing contribution by the ASC ($570k in 2013-14) into the sport of Touch Football, particularly within the participation environment,” he said. Today’s official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding commits each party to finalise the terms of the partnership which will include discussions with the Australian Sports Commission. According to NRL’s Chief Executive, Mr David Smith, it is a time for great enthusiasm, excitement and optimism for the sport as the NRL enters into this significant growth stage in the game’s history. “The new agreement with Touch Football Australia is a key strategic step in growing opportunities for Rugby League,” Mr Smith, said today. “Not only will it see more than one million people play in unified competitions, it brings together people from every state and territory, from almost every age group and every demographic. “We have been very clear about our ambition to extend the profile and reach of Rugby League and working with Touch Football Australia will also enable us to pursue new commercial and marketing opportunities that we can leverage with new partners.” CONTACT: Julian Buckmaster – GM, Marketing, Communications and Partnerships, TFAP: 0438 777 993; E: Julian@austouch.com.au Follow us through the week on Facebook (www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus) as well as YouTube (www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus); or keep up-to-date with all the news, event action and results by visiting us at the Touch Football Australia website – www.austouch.com.au. 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Keane slams Man Utd after Liverpool thumping: These players not good enoughby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane slammed the standard of the players after defeat at Liverpool.Mourinho’s team looked lost throughout the encounter and speaking after the game United legend Keane questioned the quality within his former team.“I certainly believe a lot of the players playing for Man United today aren’t good enough for Man United,” Keane told Sky Sports. “I really believe that. They are good players, but not for Man United.”Again you look over the last year or two, the league campaign, to be so far behind the likes of Liverpool, Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea at this moment of time.”We’re on about creativity, but I really think their biggest problem is defensively. You have to try and get some kind of foundation to go forward and were on about scoring a goal, you’ve got to try keep some clean sheets. They are all over the place.“I think if Liverpool were really at it today, towards the last 10 and 15 minutes, they could have scored four or five.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd hero Parker: Why would Pochettino leave statues for mess?by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Parker has questioned why Mauricio Pochettino would want to join the club in their current state.The Tottenham Hotspur manager is believed to Ed Woodward’s preferred choice to replace Jose Mourinho, once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s leaves as caretaker at the end of the season.But Parker doesn’t see the appeal for Pochettino.He told Eurosport: “Everyone will talk about Mauricio Pochettino taking on the Manchester United job at the end of the season.”Poch is moving into an unbelievable stadium with Spurs. If the chairman Daniel Levy can give him a little bit of money in the new stadium to improve certain bits of his squad with the young players, why would he leave there?”If he can win a first English title with Tottenham since 1961, suddenly he’s going to have his own statue outside the ground. If he wins it for Manchester United, they will say ‘we expect you to do that: that’s why you are here’.”Why would Pochettino want to go straight to United after all he has built at Tottenham over the past four years? People will shout about the size of United and the money he would have to spend, but football is not like that any more.”People don’t automatically go and play for United because of the name. First of all, they think they want to be in London and secondly, they think who the coach is. They all want to be around London. Even Mourinho stayed in London as United manager.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Burnley boss Dyche pleased with Hendrick dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJeff Hendrick has signed a new deal with Burnley.Hendrick’s existing contract was due to expire at the end of the current season.But Burnley have activated an option for an additional year’s stay for the former Derby County midfielder.He started 29 Premier League games last season to help Sean Dyche’s side finish seventh in the Premier League to qualify for Europe.”He’s done well for us,” said Dyche. “We have asked a lot of him. We have used him in a number of different positions that sometimes aren’t natural to him and over time he has delivered good performances for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham attacker Son: We’re now ready to sustain title tiltby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Son Heung-min says they’re better equipped to mount a title challenge this season.Son believes Spurs learned valuable lessons from previous title challenges when they fell short, particularly in 2016 when Leicester won the Premier League.The 26-year-old said: “Every season we learn something because we’ve been so close, so, so close and we’re still young.“I want to just believe and that’s my main concept. I want to believe we can do it, we deserve to do it and we are looking forward to doing it every week.“It’s a long, long season and we have to go a long way and that’s why we have to be focused on the next match.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool teenager Hoever will become ‘top, top player’ – Milnerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner believes Liverpool teammate Ki-Jana Hoever will become a ‘top,top player’ in the future.The 16-year-old made his senior debut in Monday night’s loss to Wolves in the FA CupAsked about Hoever, Milner said: “I think it’s good for the young boys to come in and get that experience. It’s not good to taste defeat but you normally learn more in a defeat than you do in a win.”I think you’ve got to look at those boys today and say how well they’ve done. Ki coming on after a minute and playing like he did [was] absolutely outstanding.”He’s going to be a top, top player you can see that straight away [with] his temperament [and] he’s comfortable on the ball.”
Potter defends playing Brighton kids for Cup defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGraham Potter has defended playing Brighton’s youngsters in Wednesday’s loss to Aston Villa.The Seagulls were knocked out of the Carabao Cup after Potter made 10 changes to the line-up that drew with Newcastle United on Saturday.Asked by The Argus whether his line-up was out of choice or necessity, Potter said: “A bit of both, I would say.”With Chelsea on Saturday, we have got a couple of lads sick, a couple of players who are recovering (from injury) and quite close but we just thought it was too soon for them to play.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Wayne Rooney is seriously considering the possibility of returning to England as a player-coach at Derby County, sources have confirmed to Goal.The former Everton and Manchester United striker has spent the past year in Major League Soccer with D.C. United.Rooney has found considerable success with the capital club since his debut in the summer of 2018, scoring 23 goals and adding 14 assists in 43 games across two seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The former England international has enjoyed his time with D.C., helping them to the MLS postseason in 2018 and currently a fourth place spot in the Eastern Conference this season.But the lure of returning to England remains strong for Rooney, and the potential appeal of a chance to get into management has caused the striker and his agent, Paul Stretford, to give the possibility serious consideration.Derby presents a good location for him as it would be possible for the striker to commute from his home in Cheshire.Rooney believes he can still play at a Premier League level, and has no doubts he can be an asset to a club a tier below in the Championship.In addition, Rooney has been inspired by many of his former rivals and England team-mates as they have made the jump into management following the end of their playing days.Chief among them is former Chelsea star and current Blues manager Frank Lampard, who parleyed a successful single season as the Rams boss into his position at Stamford Bridge.Lampard guided Derby to the Championship play-off final, before replacing Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea this summer.He is not alone in his success in a managerial debut, as ex-Liverpool star Steven Gerrard enjoyed a solid campaign in his first year in charge of Scottish Premiership club Rangers.Lampard’s former Chelsea and England team-mate John Terry also saw success in the coaching ranks, albeit as an assistant, with the Aston Villa side that defeated Derby in the final and secured their return to the Premier League.The move would see Rooney step into a coaching role more similar to Terry’s, as he would feature under Lampard’s replacement at Derby, Phillip Cocu.Rooney still has a year remaining on his contract with D.C. United, meaning any move would require the sign-off of the MLS side.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former Ohio State four-star recruit announced his plans to medically retire from football during the 2018 season. However, just a few months later, he decided to make a comeback, but transfer from the Buckeyes.Former four-star recruit Malik Barrow took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to announce he’s transferring from Ohio State.“Transferring fall 2019 with 2-3 years of eligibility remaining. Will be eligible immediately,” Barrow wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.Here’s his announcement.Transferring fall 2019 with 2-3 years of eligibility remaining. Will be eligible immediately🎒#RTG— Malik Barrow (@MalikB_55) March 26, 2019After redshirting in 2016, Barrow appeared in a pair of games during the 2017 season before a torn ACL ended his campaign.Barrow, who was plagued by injuries during his time in Columbus, announced his retirement in October 2018.“Due to unfortunate circumstances throughout my football career, I found it was in my best interest to medically retire,” Barrow wrote at the time.However, after using the 2018 season to fully recover from the torn ACL, it looks like Barrow is giving it one last go.The former four-star recruit revealed he will be immediately eligible to play for his new program.Barrow was the No. 32 defensive tackle in the 2016 recruiting class and the No. 299 recruit overall, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Stay tuned for an announcement from Barrow revealing his new team.
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – JANUARY 22: Keldon Johnson #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on January 22, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)In a move that was expected, Kentucky freshman star Keldon Johnson is officially staying in the NBA Draft. The program confirmed the news this morning.Johnson is one of two Wildcat freshmen going the one-and-done route. Tyler Herro, who announced his decision yesterday, is the other.In his lone season at UK, Johnson averaged 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He also connected on 38 percent of his three-point attempts and shot 70 percent from the free-throw line.Johnson is pegged as a potential lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.It’s his time. Keldon Johnson is officially staying in the NBA Draft and forgoing his remaining eligibility at Kentucky. There are few people who love this game as much as he does nor work as hard at it. We know he’s got a long career ahead of him. Make us proud, KJ.#DreamBIG pic.twitter.com/vlQ9oomPCt— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 17, 2019Kentucky is also losing forward P.J. Washington to the NBA after two years in Lexington, and graduate transfer forward Reid Travis is out of eligibility.Still, the Wildcats will be loaded in 2019-20. Guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley are back, and Kentucky welcomes a stellar recruiting class that includes five-star small forwards Kahlil Whitney and Keion Brooks and five-star guard Tyrese Maxey.Bucknell grad transfer Nate Sestina is also Kentucky-bound, as is four-star in-state prospect Dontaie Allen.
CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: A general view of a goal line marker during their game at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Five-star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei already has a lot to be proud of when it comes to his football career. After all, 247Sports ranks him as the best 2020 recruit at his position.Well, it appears more good news is heading in Uiagalelei’s direction.Uiagalelei has officially received his invite to the Elite 11 Finals, which is titled as “the nation’s premier quarterback competition.” Clemson stars like Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence attended this competition when they were in high school as well.In order to punch his ticket for this competition, Uiagalelei had to impress those watching at The Opening’s Oakland regional. The sky is the limit for Uiagalelei, who is coming off a jaw-dropping junior season. He finished with 3,366 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.Competing in the Elite 11 Finals should give Uiagalelei proper training for college competition.Welcome to The Elite 11 Finals, @DJUiagalelei! pic.twitter.com/AVIiRMvaYz— Elite11 (@Elite11) May 12, 2019Other quarterback recruits that will partake in this competition includes Ethan Garbers, Harrison Bailey and Jacolby Criswell. All these recruits have either committed to a program from a major conference or receiving interest from them.Uiagalelei will have the chance to validate his status as the top signal-caller from his class, while also bettering himself for his time at Clemson.The event will last from June 28-30 in Texas.
Finebaum has been critical of the Tigers in recent months, but he does think they’ll easily defeat the Orange on Saturday.Here is what Finebaum had to say about the matchup, via 247Sports:“The Orange have no chance at all,” said ESPN analyst and known Clemson antagonist Paul Finebaum. “I thought this was going to be a premiere game, but you guys got run over. Boat raced by Maryland last week. You don’t have a chance against Clemson. I know what happened two years ago on a Friday night. I know what happened last year when Trevor got hurt. It’s not happening this year. It’s not happening at all. Dino Babers is a great coach.”Kickoff for this game is at 7:30 p.m. ET from the Carrier Dome.Clemson fans – are you worried about this upcoming game against Syracuse? ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Outside of Alabama, the only other program that has given Clemson issues over the past two years is Syracuse. However, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum doesn’t believe that trend will continue.Two years ago, the Orange defeated the Tigers in one of the biggest upsets in recent memory.Syracuse nearly upset Clemson again in 2018 because Trevor Lawrence went down with an injury. Backup quarterback Chase Brice had an inspiring performance to lead his team to victory.Clemson is the No. 1 team in the country through the first two weeks of the season. As for Syracuse, the program is coming off a blowout loss to Maryland.
Indo-Asian News Service SouthamptonJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 10:58 IST Eoin Morgan walks off the field during England vs West Indies game in Southampton on Friday (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSCaptain Eoin Morgan and opener Jason Roy sustained injuries during England’s clash vs West Indies on FridayMorgan suffered a back spasm while fielding and Roy picked up a hamstring injuryMorgan revealed that things will be clearer after 48 hoursEngland would be desperately hoping that captain Eoin Morgan and in-form opener Jason Roy, who got injured during its match against West Indies, get fully fit before their next World Cup encounter against Afghanistan on Tuesday.Both batsmen went down in the first innings of Friday’s match, which England won by eight wickets against the Windies in Southampton.Neither Morgan nor Roy were risked during England’s run chase, as stand-in opener Joe Root hit his second century of the World Cup and carried his bat to take England to their target of 213. All-rounder Chris Woakes was promoted up to number three and he grabbed the opportunity and played a handy knock of 40 off 54 balls.Morgan suffered a back spasm while fielding and Roy picked up a hamstring injury, thus leaving the field at the Ageas Bowl.Roy pulled up his hamstring after chasing the ball over the covers during the eighth over of the match. The 28-year-old walked off and, soon, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed he needed further assessment after “feeling tightness”.Meanwhile, 32-year-old Morgan suffered from a back spasm during the 40th over and had to be helped from the field. Such was his discomfort that he stopped on his way to the changing room after finding the stairs up to the dressing room particularly difficult to conquer.Giving an update about both the injuries, Morgan said: “We will see how we pull up in the next 48 hours.”The England skipper, who had to give a standing post-match press conference because sitting down was too painful, said both of them would undergo scans on Saturday.advertisement”Hopefully, we don’t present serious injuries,” Morgan said. “When any two players go down, it’s a worry but we are not at panic stations yet.”Should either of the two batsmen need to be left out at the Old Trafford, England could call upon batsman James Vince, or recall all-rounder Moeen Ali.England are currently placed at the second spot with six points from four games.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer serves up reminder of what West Indies let slip awayAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Joe Root is the glue that holds England together, says Eoin MorganFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Eoin MorganFollow Jason RoyFollow World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy to undergo scans as England face injury concernsEngland’s 8-wicket win over West Indies on Friday in a World Cup 2019 encounter was dampened by injuries to captain Eoin Morgan and opener Jason Roy, who went off the field during the 1st innings of the gameadvertisement Next
Rohit Sharma out for 0 in India Board President’s XI vs South AfricaRohit Sharma’s hugely-awaited outing as an opener in red-ball cricket didn’t go as planned as the stylish batsman failed to score for Board President’s XI vs South Africa in Vizianagaram.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk VizianagaramSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 11:30 IST Rohit Sharma was out for a duck on Saturday (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma failed to score against the South Africans on SaturdayRohit was dismissed off his 2nd ball by Vernon PhilanderRohit is set to don the role of opener in Tests for India vs South AfricaRohit Sharma suffered the ill-fate of being dismissed for a duck in his last outing before the 1st Test vs South Africa starts on October 2. During the ongoing tour match of the visiting South Africans against the Indian Board President’s XI being played at Vizianagaram, Rohit opened the BPXI innings with Mayank Agarwal after the tourists had declared their 1st innings on 279/6.But Rohit lasted just 2 balls as in the 2nd over of the innings bowled by fast bowler Vernon Philander, the batsman was caught by Hienrich Klaasen without scoring. At the time of writing, BPXI were 13/1 in 3.4 overs with Abhimanyu Easwaran having joined Agarwal in the middle.Earlier, Yuvraj Singh said Rohit Sharma should be given an extended run in Tests if India are considering to promote him to open the innings in the longest format of the game.The selection committee has dropped KL Rahul for the upcoming 3-Test series against South Africa, starting October 2. Rohit Sharma has got the backing of the team management and the selectors and is all set to open in whites as well.”If you ask me, Rohit Sharma should have opened in Tests from the beginning of his career. You play him one match and then drop him and say Rohit Sharma is not scoring runs in Test cricket. How can you expect someone to perform without giving him 10 Test?” Yuvraj Singh said.”Now if you are making Rohit Sharma open in Tests, you should give him 6 Tests and tell him Rohit, you have got 10-12 innings, go and play your game, nobody will say anything. You gave so many chances to KL Rahul, so whoever is your opener, give him those 6 Test matches so that he can go and express his game.”advertisementAlso Read | Based on Virat Kohli’s workload, India can try a different captain for shorter formats: Yuvraj SinghFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs South Africa
Akshay Ramesh VishakhapatnamOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 21:52 IST Lots at stake for Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin as India take on South Africa. (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTS Rohit Sharma has now got a golden opportunity to begin new innings in Tests as an openerIt is time for comeback R Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha to return to the playing XIAshwin will be keen on proving a point and expect him to do well in what has been his favourite hunting groundRohit Sharma is a limited-overs great. Ever since he was promoted to open the innings in the shorter formats in 2013, Rohit Sharma has gone on to rewrite record books. His exploits in limited-overs cricket are as impactful as Virat Kohli’s.However, in whites, Rohit Sharma has struggled. More often than not, his technique (or the lack of it) against the red ball has been exposed, especially in overseas conditions. His average at home is a staggering 85.44 when compared to 26.32 on the road.Despite numbers favouring him at home, Rohit Sharma was never able to cement a spot in the Test set-up. For all his greatness in white-ball cricket, his inability to deal with the longest format of the game has been an enigma.At 32, Rohit Sharma has now got a golden opportunity to begin new innings in Tests, this time as an opener.While teams around the world are struggling to get their opening combinations right, India have placed their bet on Rohit Sharma. In fact, they have gambled on arguably their best white-ball batsman of this decade.Rohit Sharma last opened in a first-class match in 2012-13 against Punjab in a Ranji Trophy match. 7 years later, Rohit was out for a duck in the dress rehearsal for his Test opener role-in the Board President’s XI vs South Africa match last month.It is safe to say, it’s a do-or-die opportunity for Rohit Sharma to revive his Test career. The middle-order slots are full with Hanuma Vihari rising up the latter and Ajinkya Rahane finding form. With youngsters, including Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, waiting in the wings, Rohit has to deliver and deliver quickly.advertisementCaptain Virat Kohli’s words on the eve of the 1st Test though should have come as some kind of a confidence booster for Rohit Sharma. The skipper said Rohit will get enough time to settle into his role and that he wants him to follow his natural instincts.It is easier said than done but India’s gamble might work. Rohit Sharma has been in a brilliant space of mind in limited-overs cricket over the last few years. The record-setting tally of 5 hundred at the 2019 World Cup speaks volumes of Rohit’s uncluttered mind at the moment. Will it bring him success in Tests? Only time will tell.Meanwhile, it is also time for comeback R Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha to return to the playing XI. While Saha had been out with multiple injuries since the away Tests in South Africa in 2018, Ashwin had been bogged down by injury concerns on important overseas tours.Ashwin entered an important phase in his career where he had to become the matchwinner that he was at home on the road as well. He started India’s tour of England on a high, picking up 7 wickets in the Birmingham Test. However, when he was needed the most-in the 4th Test in Southampton with India trailing 1-2 — Ashwin’s body let him and the team down.Limited-overs omission did play in his mind but he focussed on getting his red ball skill right with some fine performances in the county championships earlier this year. Ashwin had to wait longer to return to the senior national team, having spent his time in West Indies warming the benches.Ashwin will be keen on proving a point and expect him to do well in what has been his favourite hunting ground over the years.On the other hand, Saha, at 34, has been trusted to get the job done behind the wickets for another time after a career-threatening injury and its mismanagement over the last 18 months.Saha’s return coincides with under-fire Rishabh Pant’s poor returns across the formats but it is the ever-reliable glovework that has got him the nod.Captain Virat Kohli certainly is a fan of Saha’s glovework. “Saha was always someone who we would back as a pure keeper in Test cricket. He’s done well under pressure situations for us. It was all about finding the right opportunity and the moment to bring him back in,” Virat Kohli said on the eve of the 1st Test.Also Read | Spin twins R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja reunite as India look to dominate South Africa in TestsAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s India are the team to beat as World Test Championship resumesAlso Read | If Rohit Sharma can do in Tests what he did in ODIs, it will be great for India: Virat KohliAlso See: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. 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Next Indo-Asian News Service Greater NoidaOctober 6, 2019UPDATED: October 6, 2019 00:33 IST PKL 2019: UP Yoddha vs Dabang Delhi (Twitter: @ProKabaddi)HIGHLIGHTSThe first half ended 22-12 with UP Yoddha clearly in control of the gameMonu Goyat starred from Yoddha with 11 raid points to help the UP side seal a place in the playoffsNitesh Kumar picked up a High 5 as Yoddha continued to dominate the proceedingsUP Yoddha thrashed a second string Dabang Delhi 50-33 in a Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 contest in front of their home crowd at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex here on Saturday.Monu Goyat starred from Yoddha with 11 raid points to help the UP side seal a place in the playoffs.The Delhi team, with no Naveen Kumar, Ravinder Pahal and other experienced stars in their starting seven, offered very little resistance to a charged up Yoddha who were eyeing a victory to seal their playoff berth in front of their home crowd.Monu Goyat picked up valuable raid points from the start as the UP side went on to secure their first All-Out in the sixth minute to move to a 5-point lead.The story continued to be the same till the half time with Delhi’s Meraj Sheykh being the only bright light in what was otherwise a toothless performance from the league’s pace-setters. The first half ended 22-12 with Yoddha clearly in control of the game.The home side picked up their second All-Out of the match two minutes after the restart as Monu Goyat picked up his Super 10.The All-Out saw Yoddha open up a 13-point gap and there was no coming back for Delhi as the hosts piled up the pressure.Nitesh Kumar picked up a High 5 as Yoddha continued to dominate the proceedings. They picked up another All-Out with under four minutes remaining to move to a 17-point lead which they comfortably defended.The only positive for Delhi was the performance of Neeraj Narwal who secured a Super 10 in the closing stages to cap off a rare start.advertisementAlso see: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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow UP YoddhaFollow Dabang Delhi PKL 2019 highlights: UP Yoddha thrash second string Dabang Delhi 50-33In a Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 contest, Monu Goyat starred from UP Yoddha with 11 raid points to help the UP side seal a place in the playoffs.advertisement
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You are a freelance writer, a manager of a small company, or perhaps aspire to someday create that design firm you’ve always dreamed of. Either way, chances are you don’t have your LLC or S Corp properly established, and some of you probably don’t even know what that means. Amiright? And those who do understand, lawyers, are expensive, and they know it.The old attorney model is broken, and that’s why Briefcase was founded by Joshua Pearce, Gabe McCoy and Nat Pierce.They founded the company in early 2015, providing Legal Essentials for Entrepreneurs. At its core, Briefcase is a service with three primary goals: Providing direct access to business attorneys for guidance, offering high quality documents, and all for a flat fee at the lowest possible price. Josh, Gabe, and Nat recognized that too many entrepreneurs and start-ups lack basic legal essentials due to high fees and lawyer rates, so they are frequently unrepresented and underserved by the legal profession. They get it, lawyers are expensive; that’s why they created Briefcase.We sat down with them to hear more.Tell us how Briefcase started.We are a small group of lawyers from Virginia who just think the entire process could be easier, faster, and more affordable for everyone trying to make a dent in this world. Like you, we just wanted to get our business started – and fast. We work with startups and entrepreneurs who are always working, always creating, and just need help getting their ideas off the ground.As attorneys that serve businesses on a daily basis we have heard the complaints from entrepreneurs about dealing with law firms. For most businesses, direct access to a competent lawyer is perceived as too expensive. In founding Briefcase, we wanted to match legal complexity and cost. “Essential” legal protection can actually be affordable and understandable for all businesses. We created this platform for that purpose.What kind of help?Things like setting up a corporation, getting legal documents and contracts or simply answering tough legal questions… all on a very small, sometimes inexistent budget.Briefcase gives you the legal help you need, when you need it. All for less than your phone bill a month. Yeah, that’s constant access to all the legal documents your business needs, a place to store them, and full-time access to our Briefcase team of business attorneys, for less than your phone bill (around $50 a month!).How is your business different from your competitors?Legal services generally do not focus only on the entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. Large firms typically screen clients by their ability to pay or target only the potential winners who can pay the high legal fees later on. Other services are mostly self help based and can’t offer guidance tailored to specific situations a business might be facing without referring them to an attorney with a license to practice law. Entrepreneurs and small business are trapped in a cycle of trying to avoid legal fees by “Googling” their problem, or going to a law firm and having repeated bad experiences. Briefcase stops this cycle by providing an affordable lifeline to Briefcase attorneys that only specialize in business and transactional law issues, and understand the challenges these businesses face everyday.Gents, if you want to start your own beard oil business or make custom bikes in the back of your old shop – go for it – don’t be bullied by other lawyers, let Briefcase be your go to spot to make sure your ideas and your work are protected!To entice you even more, Briefcase is offering one free month of service to all Manual readers! Simply enter the code: THEMANUAL and make some business magic. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly Stay Free on This Private Swedish Island to Work on Your Magnum Opus 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts
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