Report: Flyers U16s Win Play-Offs

first_imgHaving gone through the regular season in the South West Development League unbeaten with a 16-0 record the Flyers were seeded fourth out of ninety-four teams in England and progressed to the last sixteen play-offs.last_img

U20 team news: Capon starts play-off, English and Chamberlain on bench

first_imgHead coach, Steve Bates has made two changes to the side that defeated Australia (56-33) in the final pool fixture.Kai Owen is named at loosehead prop, while Alex Coles comes into the second row.There is a positional switch also with Richard Capstick moving from lock into the back row with England’s backline unchanged for the fixture.Centre Fraser Dingwall will again captain the side, while Ollie Hassell-Collins is named as a finisher, having been called into the squad as an injury replacement for Arron Reed (Sale Sharks).Despite victories over Australia and Italy in their pool, England failed to progress into the top four of the competition, having lost their opening fixture to Ireland. Elsewhere, Nick English is among the replacements for Wales U20 for their fifth-place semi-final clash with New Zealand in Rosario (KO 2.30pm BST).“We’ve always emphasised how important the squad of 28 is, and this is getting more and more evident the longer we go in to this competition,” said head coach, Gareth Williams.“Playing New Zealand is a great test for us, and a great fixture to be preparing for. They are rightly regarded as one of the best teams in the world at this age group.“We don’t always get the opportunity to play southern hemisphere teams so this is a big challenge for us but one we have prepared well for.”Also among the replacements is Nathan Chamberlain as Scotland U20 ​take on Italy U20 in the World Rugby U20 Championship ninth-place semi-final Rosario’s Club Old Resian (Monday 17 June, kick-off 2.30pm BST, 10.30am local time) – streamed live at world.rugby/u20.Head coach, Carl Hogg, said: “We were obviously disappointed with our overall performance against Georgia. We lacked control and accuracy throughout the 80 minutes. We never got the match on our agenda of high tempo multi-phase rugby because of the errors we created in our game.“We probably put in our poorest performance of this World Rugby U20 Championship in the most pivotal match of this tournament, but the nature of this competition is that we don’t have time to dwell on the result. We need to get back on the horse for tomorrow’s fixture against Italy.” They will instead contest the fifth-place semi, with Wales and New Zealand the other semi-final fixture before finals day on Saturday 22 June.“We felt it was important to give the majority of the side that played against Australia another go as it was by far our best performance of the tournament” said Bates.”The challenge for our squad now is to back up that performance with one that is better.“We cannot approach it with any degree of complacency or lack of acknowledgment that it took a lot of hard work, commitment and team work to perform at that standard against Australia. We’ve got to keep moving forward as a team and continue to develop.“This will be the third time we’ve played Ireland this season and in both games discipline has let us down, so we’ve got to the learn the lessons from those two fixtures.”last_img read more

Rodri eyeing Latics challenge

first_imgThe striker grabbed an assist on Wednesday night in his second appearance for the club since his arrival, before Josh Brownhill fired home City’s 98th minute winner against Charlton Athletic.It was a night to remember for all and now Rodri is relishing returning to BS3 when City host Wigan Athletic on Sunday (October 27th, 1.30pm KO).“This is good for us because when you win in your own stadium it is good and to play here again is good for us and for the confidence to get the three points.”He said: “It was really fun [on Wednesday night] because we won for the team, for the fans and for everything our way.“When you score it is good but when you score in the last minute you feel much better!”And on a personal note, the forward believes there is more to come from himself.He added: “I feel good, I’m getting better. I’m not 100 per cent but I will be.”Tickets are still available for Sundays’s Championship clash versus Wigan which has a Mates’ Rates offer for season card holders!Secure you seatlast_img read more

QPR v Swansea: Vargas starts

first_imgEduardo Vargas returns to the QPR starting line-up and Junior Hoilett drops to the bench for the game against against Swansea, who are without the suspended Jonjo Shelvey and the injured Jefferson Montero. QPR: Green, Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Zamora, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Ferdinand, Phillips, Onuoha, Mutch, Hoilett. Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Ki, Dyer, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Gomis.Subs: Tremmel, Richards, Bartley, Carroll, Emnes, Barrow, Bony.AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

QPR linked with Austrian midfielder – but is there anything in it?

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty Images QPR are considering signing Austrian midfielder Stefan Schwab, according to the Daily Mail.Schawb, 29, is among a number of players Rangers have been linked with ahead of next season. He is likely to be available on a free transfer as he is out of contract and has not signed a new deal with Rapid.AdChoices广告The Mail say Bristol City and Blackburn are also interested in the player and that there is interest too from clubs in Italy and Germany.Is there anything in it?QPR were made aware of Schwab’s availability this summer as he is seemingly keen to move to England and his representatives have been looking to drum up interest among Championship sides.Several clubs have therefore been informed that he is available on a free transfer.A Rangers scout watched a match Schwab featured in for Rapid Vienna earlier in the season.[scriptless] See also:QPR duo doubtful for Wednesday gamelast_img read more

Wilkins, Dodson get Ole Miss ground game going

first_imgOXFORD – There were eight starters missing from Ole Miss’ 48-0 win against Presbyterian.Six of them will likley will play when the No. 12 Rebels (8-2, 4-2 SEC) next take the field at Arkansas in two weeks. That’s really all coach Hugh Freeze wanted from Saturday’s game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.“Happy to have eight wins and be sitting where we are with the two conference games left,” Freeze said. “I was able to sit quite a few guys (Saturday) and some get very few good reps. Hopefully we’ll be as healthy as we’ve been in a long time in two weeks.”Freeze had previously announced that left tackle Laremy Tunsil and left guard Aaron Morris would not play against the Blue Hose (5-5), this year’s FCS opponent. Running back I’Tavius Mathers and safety Trae Elston both suffered concussions a week ago against Auburn and were still going through post-concussion testing protocol during practice this week. They were considered doubtful because of that, and both watched Saturday.Then kicker Gary Wunderlich (hamstring) was held out for precautionary reasons, and running back Jaylen Walton watched in full pads outside of one kickoff return. Both would have gone if this had been a competitive game, Freeze said, and he insisted there was nothing wrong with Walton besides being 5-foot-8, 166 pounds and having already touched the ball 100 times this season.“He’s had a lot of time,” Freeze said. “Really wanted to look at (Mark) Dodson and (Jordan) Wilkins.”Those two, stuck down the depth chart during the second half of this season, certainly showed up ready to force the coaches to make a “re-evaluation,” to borrow Dodson’s words.Wilkins ran for 171 yards on 10 carries, including a 73-yard touchdown run in the second half. Dodson had only three carries all game, but two of them were 62- and 65-yard touchdown runs.“The physical, downhill running they did was very impressive,” Freeze said. “How does that equate against some of the physical defenses we’re facing in weeks to come? I’m not sure, but we were impressed by what we saw.”Ole Miss ran for 402 yards on 36 carries, by far the most all season — and did so without its two best running backs all season. Eugene Brazley also carried the ball 10 times for 45 yards.Not everything went as smoothly with the backups: kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a 42-yard field goal and an extra-point attempt, and Andrew Fletcher (the team’s No. 1 kicker exiting camp) had a 37-yarder blocked (though it was not his fault).Freeze emptied his bench early in the second half, and a lot of walkons and young scholarship players saw the first extensive playing time of their careers. Coming off two weeks and two losses by a combined seven points, Ole Miss needed this game.“I told our kids this week that, when you love something, you open yourself up to some vulnerabilities and being hurt and disappointments but you also — because of your love for something — get to experience great hope,” Freeze said. “It’s a happy locker room in there and some of the more joyous things that happened today was seeing a John Ratliff catch a pass … LaKedrick King breaking up a pass on third down, and young kids making plays. Talbot Buys and Billy Busch … That was a lot of fun.”Contact Hugh Kellenberger at (601) 961-7291 or hkellenber@clarionledger.com. Follow @HKellenbergerCL on Twitter.last_img read more

Stefano Pioli: We are already a team – Football World –…

first_imgMilan coach Stefano Pioli said that the team has increased its level this season and enjoyed its game in the devastating victory over Bologna with 5: 1.Gulliver/GettyImagesThe Rossoneri have not lost since the restart of Serie A, and yesterday there were five different goal scorers in the match – Alexis Salemakers, Hakan Chalhanoglu, Ismael Benaser, Ante Rebic and Davide Calabria.“The team is enjoying their game. Footballers bring to the field what we do during training. Bologna is a tough opponent, so this victory shows that we have faith in ourselves. “We have not yet achieved our goal and we need to stay focused to move forward,” Pioli told DAZN.“We worked well during the quarantine, thanks to the efforts of the players. We are a team now. We believe in what we do and everything works better. We had this inability to beat the teams in front of us in the table, but now we have won against Lazio and Juventus, so this showed that we have raised our level, “he added.“I think the match that gave us a boost was the semi-final for the Italian Cup. We played almost the whole match against Juventus with 10 people, but we were very organized, determined and focused. That meant we could beat them if we were 11 against 11. It was a very important match in our growth, “said the coach of the” Rossoneri “.Stefano Pioli also talks about individual units of his staff.“Frank Cassier is a modern and complete midfielder who does well both in attack and defense. It is currently in top form and has a large presence on the field. He is always ready to motivate his teammates and has become a real leader for the team, “he added.Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemed disappointed with his shift: “He said something, but honestly I didn’t understand it. We play matches every three days and he had an injury, so it’s normal to give him a break from time to time, “said Pioli. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.last_img read more

Senior QB John Hayhurst guiding dangerous North Muskegon offensive attack

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This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. By Andrew JohnsonLocalSportsJournal.comNORTH MUSKEGON – The North Muskegon football team is 4-2 on the season, and within striking distance of accomplishing something it hasn’t done since 1988 – qualify for the state playoffs for three years in a row.That would actually be quite an accomplishment, considering the Norse play in the very challenging West Michigan Conference, against perennial powerhouses like Oakridge and Montague.While North Muskegon certainly has a lot to be proud of,  you would never know it by the team’s daily and weekly approach.North Muskegon’s John Hayhurst. Photo/Jason GoormanThey coaches and players know they haven’t reached their goal yet, so it’s business as usual. That’s probably smart because the Norse need two wins in their three remaining games to guarantee a playoff spot, and two are against Oakridge and Orchard View, which are both undefeated at the moment.“It’s certainly a feather in our cap,” said North Muskegon head coach Larry Witham about having the chance to make the postseason again. “It’s important to our kids, the staff and the community. It’s important really to anyone who surrounds North Muskegon football. Other than winning conference, that’s one of our goals. But we’re not looking that far ahead yet, we’re taking it one game at a time.”That message was echoed by senior quarterbackJohn Hayhurst.“Honestly we haven’t talked a lot about it,” said Hayhurst, who completed 12 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s exciting 17-7 victory over Whitehall. “It’s on the minds of everyone, but we try to keep a game-to-game approach. We know what’s at stake and we’re trying to make a playoff push.”North Muskegon QB John Hayhurst drops back into the pocket after taking the snap. Photo/Jason GoormanIf the Norse do make the playoffs, they’ll likely be a tough team to beat in Division 7, where they would be playing schools more their own size. Their only losses have come against Montague and Ravenna, two respected powerhouses from higher divisions.The Norse lost those two games by a combined five points.“I think we take experience from those games,” Hayhurst said.  “Those are tough games with plays going back and forth, and it shows how one play can make the difference. We hung with them and even though we came up just short, it really helped us in the bigger picture.”Just how much those narrow losses conditioned the Norse will be on display Friday night, when they host 6-0 Oakridge in a very big conference game.“It’s huge,” said Hayhurst, who’s in his first year as the varsity quarterback after playing H-back as a junior and being the JV quarterback the two prior seasons. “I think the conference is one of the best in the area, and even in the state for small schools. You’re competing every week and you have to be on your ‘A’ game.”If the Norse find a way to win on Friday – or in a challenging Week 9 encounter against Orchard View – it will likely have a lot to do with Hayhurst and the explosive offense, which is averaging 35.8 points per game this season.John Hayhurst finds himself at the bottom of the pile after scoring for North Muskegon against Whitehall on October 5. Photo/Jason GoormanPart of what has makes the North Muskegon attack so dynamic is the running game, led by senior running back Stephan Smith (averaging 10.1 yards per carry) and junior running back Colin Schotts (8.4 yards per carry).The skilled receiving corps, led by Eric Rypstra and Brenden Moat, add another dimension.Directing the attack is Hayhurst, who has done most of his damage through the air, completing 36 of 61 passes for 593 yards and five touchdowns so far this season. He also has 155 yards rushing.Stats don’t tell the whole story about the senior signal-caller.“John is a great strategist,” Witham said. “He’s a student of the game. He watches a ton of film on our opponents and really understands what he’ll see every Friday night. He’s a very accurate passer who doesn’t make mental mistakes. He can also be an effective runner, which adds another dimension to our offense.”Hayhurst understands he plays a very important role, but also knows he leads an offense with numerous playmakers.“We preach about how it’s not a one-man show at any position,” Hayhurst said. “We have depth and it’s huge. It’s tough for defenses to get ready for us on a weekly basis.”Whether Hayhurst helps lead the Norse to postseason play or not, it’s obvious what the approach will be on every Friday night, regardless of the opponent.“We take games one at a time, and next up is Oakridge,” he said. Report a problem This item is… $22.99 Not relevant (5153) (32825) Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Wo… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (1445) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. 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Goodell sends letter to NFL fans explaining plans for season

first_imgLast Updated: 28th July, 2020 06:20 IST Goodell Sends Letter To NFL Fans Explaining Plans For Season NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a letter to fans outlining the league’s plans to play during the coronavirus pandemic SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News First Published: 28th July, 2020 06:20 IST LIVE TVcenter_img NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a letter to fans outlining the league’s plans to play during the coronavirus pandemic.As veterans begin reporting to training camps this week, Goodell noted Monday how COVID-19 has “turned the world upside down.”“COVID-19 will continue to present a major challenge to nearly every area of American life. Football is no exception,” Goodell wrote.“Every step of the way, our focus has been on the safety of players, coaches, personnel, fans and our communities. Our planning has followed the lead of medical experts and public health officials, including the CDC, the White House Task Force, governors and state health officials. As we have developed our 2020 playbook for the return of football, safety continues to be our first priority; that commitment will remain paramount as players return to the field.”The league and the players’ union reached agreement on a plan last Friday, after all preseason games were canceled. Team facilities were shut down by Goodell in late March and only began reopening on a cautious basis this summer.“The NFL in 2020 will not look like other years,” Goodell added. “Players and coaches will be tested for the virus regularly, including every day for a while. Preseason games have been canceled. Everyone in the team environment must follow rigorous health and safety protocols to keep themselves and each other safe. When there is a positive test, strict regulations will be enforced to isolate and care for that individual and to contain the virus before it spreads.“Even the sideline will look different. And, state and local health guidelines will help determine whether fans will attend the games. These adjustments are necessary to reduce the risk for everyone involved.”Goodell stressed the need for adaptability on all levels, citing how a virtual draft was held in April. All 32 teams held remote offseason training sessions, too.The NFL has opted not to create a bubble environment, something the NHL, NBA, WNBA and MLS have done. With Major League Baseball experiencing difficulties on its first weekend of play with a plan similar to the NFL’s, there is added anxiety about what Goodell’s league has planned.“This week training camps across the country are starting and before we know it, the NFL season will be here,” he wrote. “This is always the most optimistic time of year for our fans, and for all 32 teams. In a year that has been extraordinarily difficult for our country and the world, we hope the energy of this moment will provide some much-needed optimism.”Image credits: AP Written By FOLLOW US COMMENTlast_img read more

Windies taking nothing for granted against new-look batting, says Roach

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England, CMC – England’s inexperienced new-look batting lineup will not lure West Indies into a false sense of security in the upcoming three-Test series, veteran seamer Kemar Roach has vowed. The hosts have made several changes to the side which toured the Caribbean last year, with rookies Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope – with less than 20 Tests among them – all named in the 13-man squad.Significantly, England’s captain and batting leader Joe Root will be missing due to the birth of his second child, leaving West Indies with only a couple of experienced heads to target.And while West Indies enjoyed resounding success against England’s batsmen last year, Roach said it was critical West Indies bowled with the same intensity this time around despite the changes. “I’ve seen that England have basically changed their batting lineup. It’s all about assessing each batsman, finding their weaknesses and obviously exploiting them,” Roach told an online media conference here yesterday.“Of course I would’ve loved to have the same batting lineup because that’s what we’ve gotten accustomed to over the last few series we’ve had. But they’re a few changes here so it’s about sticking to your game plan, assessing each batsman and seeing how well we can come up against them.“Obviously a Test match without Root – the fantastic stats he has – is going to be a bit of an advantage for us. He’s the one that keeps the England batting together and he’s done fantastically for them for the last couple years. “So without him it is a bit of an advantage for us but also a bit of a disadvantage because they are some new guys coming in that we have to work out and obviously see what their weaknesses are and try and to exploit them.“It goes 50-50 but once we get stuck in and we hit our straps and obviously put the ball in the right areas, we stand a very good chance of going out there and performing well.”Roach was at the forefront with a five-wicket haul in the opening Test at Bridgetown last year when England were bundled out for 77 in their first innings – the lowest ever Test total at Kensington Oval and their fourth lowest overall against West Indies. The performance set the tone for the series as England fell for 246 in the second innings to tumble to a heavy innings defeat, and then failed to muster 200 in either innings of the second Test at St John’s to go down by 10 wickets.Roach finished the series with 18 wickets at a shade under 14 runs apiece and said he was confident he could once again put England’s batsmen under pressure.“I’m confident. I’ve been working hard following on from that series [in the Caribbean] so my body’s in good shape,” said the 32-year-old who has taken 193 wickets from 56 Tests. “I’ve been working hard with my coaches doing a lot of bowling [and] a lot of drills so [with the first Test] coming up on Wednesday, I’m ready and raring to go and full of confidence.”“We had a pretty long camp in Manchester. We got a chance to get on the field and get some match practice as well … but I think I’ve bowled a fair amount of overs to get myself ready for this Test series so I am feeling much ready.”However, Roach will lead an attack which struggled on the last tour of England three years ago, when they managed to dismiss the hosts only twice in five innings.The Barbadian, who picked up 11 wickets then, backed the Windies to produce improved performances this time around. “[It’s a] change of conditions [and] change of atmosphere [and] adapting can be a slight weakness of ours. That’s why our away record is not as good as at home,” Roach explained.“But I think we’re more experienced now; a lot of guys have played all over the world a couple times so we’re pretty familiar with conditions … so it’s about focussing on what we need to do right now. We need to go out there, stick to our game plans, remain focussed and obviously bowl the way we know how to bowl.”The first Test bowls off here at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.last_img read more