Over 150 Harvey Norman franchisees took to the fields at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday to learn more about Touch Football as part of their Electrical Conference. Franchisees from across Australia travelled to Sydney for the conference and had the opportunity to have a run around on Wednesday morning to experience the sport after the recent announcement of Harvey Norman becoming a whole of game sponsor for NRL Touch Football. NRL ambassadors, Nathan Hindmarsh and Mario Fenech were also involved in the day, adding plenty of entertainment and humour to the event. Participants were split into 16 teams, taking part in two games each throughout the morning, with the Gorillas, including Hindmarsh who joined the team for the final, defeating Fenech’s newly adopted Buffalos team in the grand final. Hindmarsh and Fenech were full of praise for the event and the relationship. “It was a great day, there’s nothing better than being outside having a run around. It beats being in the office so I was glad to be involved in the day and beating Mario in the grand final made it an even better day,” Hindmarsh said. “Harvey Norman is a major sponsor of NRL Touch Football which is outstanding news. Harvey Norman has always been a great sponsor of Rugby League over the years, so it’s fitting they’ve started with Touch Football to help grow both codes,” Hindmarsh said. “It was great. Harvey Norman has been a great partner of Rugby League, I’m friends with Harvey Norman and it’s great to be involved,” Fenech said. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said the event was a great way to see the relationship come into fruition following the announcement in early October. “I thought it was a fantastic day, so many people just enjoying themselves. We had four fields running at once, franchisees from all around the country participating in Touch Football and really creating strong ambassadors not only for the relationship but also for our product in terms of Touch Football,” Maguire said. “(Hindmarsh and Fenech) found their way into the first match and made sure they kicked the day off against each other and come grand final time it was no surprise that they found their way onto the two teams participating. They are great ambassadors for our sport as well as the Rugby League and certainly the relationship between us and Harvey Norman.”Harvey Norman’s Chief Operating Officer, John Slack-Smith, said the event was a great opportunity for the franchisees to have a taste of Touch Football. “It was fantastic, when you’ve got people who are genuinely enthusiastic about being involved, sporting skill or not, and a great Sydney day, it’s been lots of fun,” Slack-Smith said. Harvey Norman Caringbah’s Ian Crawford was part of the winning ‘Gorillas’ team and is looking forward to being able to create a relationship with his local Touch Football community. “I had a great time. It’s a fantastic day, a great venue. There were a lot of laughs involved,” Crawford said. “It’s a great team sport, a lot of the guys here today I hadn’t met before but I got to know them really well. It’s a great way to meet new people and have some fun times together. It doesn’t have to be super serious, it’s just a lot of fun.”To view some photos from the day, please visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for all of the highlights of the day – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Related LinksHarvey Norman Touch Day
Monaco fight Chelsea over Fabregas transfer feeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Monaco are fighting over a suitable transfer fee for Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has flown into the principality and agreed personal terms over a two-and-a-half year contract, which included a signing bonus worth in excess of £9m. Fabregas, who waved goodbye to supporters after Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest, could have joined the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season when his Chelsea contract expires.However, Chelsea want to cash in while on the 31-year-old and are holding out for £10m, but Monaco aren’t willing to meet their evaluation. A deal is still expected to be completed before the transfer window shuts at the end of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/MiaKhalifaHere’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours.1. Former Oregon player Kyle Long explained why he didn’t have to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in the NFL combine over the weekend.2. Porn star Mia Khalifa poked fun at quarterback Jameis Winston for his slow 40-yard dash time.3. Louisville announced senior guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team.4. Penn State’s Football team dropped an incredible dance routine at THON on Saturday.5. Ohio State football players reminded Michigan of the Buckeyes’ domination on the gridiron following its basketball loss.6. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones made it clear over Twitter that he’s not impressed with the Knicks.7. Miami defensive back Antonio Crawford skipped practice and went on a Twitter rant.8. Nebraska students wore protective goggles at its basketball game to mock notorious Iowa eye poker Adam Woodbury.9. Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh was at the Ohio State-Michigan game yesterday.10. Ohio State outside linebacker Jamarco Jones was disgusted with its performance and loss to Michigan.Video of the Day: Miami’s Phillip Dorsett Ran 4.33 40-Yard-Dash At Combine. Tweet of the Day: 4-Star Ohio State Commit JaQuan Lyle Was Very Excited To See Thad Matta On His TV.Turn on the TV and see this guy..makes me excited to be apart of something special..#BuckeyeNation ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/lo7oP969qO— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) February 22, 2015Girlfriend of the Day: Michigan’s Spike Albrecht, who once tweeted at Kate Upton, hasn’t lowered his standards. He’s isn’t dating Charlotte McKinney, but he clearly wishes he was.Check Out Friday’s Cheat Sheet
KOLKATA: The first phase of elections in Bengal passed peacefully in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar on Thursday, with above 80 percent voter turnout in both the Lok Sabha seats. However, there were a few stray incidents of clashes reported from the two constituencies.Bengal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab, state ADG (Law and Order) Siddh Nath Gupta and Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey were of the opinion that the polls were peaceful and that prompt action was taken whenever a complaint was reported. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police have arrested seven people from Cooch Behar and one from Alipurduar for trying to create disturbance during the voting process. Three FIRs have been filed for alleged vandalising of the vehicle of the All India Forward Bloc candidate at Mathabhanga in Cooch Behar, damaging an EVM at Dinhata and alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct in Cooch Behar. During the day, a Left Front delegation led by senior CPI(M) leader Rabin Deb met the CEO and demanded a repoll in 170 polling booths, while BJP candidate from Cooch Behar Nisith Pramanik sat on a dharna in front of the DM’s office, demanding repoll in all 837 booths where there was no deployment of Central Forces. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, Trinamool Congress Cooch Behar district president Rabindra Nath Ghosh alleged that BSF jawans had entered a booth which they are not entitled to as per the Commission’s rule. The Election Commission has sought a report from the IG, BSF regarding the complaint. Some EVMs were reported going defunct at Dinhata, whereas polling had to be called off at Sitalkuchi due to isolated skirmishes. The matter would be taken up during the scrutiny on Friday. The vehicle of Forward Bloc candidate Govinda Roy was vandalised at Mathabhanga and a case has been started against five accused persons regarding the incident.
New Delhi: Taking the Yuva initiative to another level, the Delhi Police will impart vocational skills to transgenders. According to police, on April 15, eight transgenders who were found begging on the street were counselled by the police team regarding the vocational courses in Madhu Vihar police station.Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Devesh Srivastava said that they are trying to bring them in the mainstream. “In the past also we have counselled them. Our main aim is to make sure they left begging and live a dignified life,” said Joint CP. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Police tweeted,”It’s never too old, never too bad and never too late, to start from scratch once again. 8 transgenders counseled and enrolled into self employment program. #CreatingEqualOpportunities under #YUVA initiative by @DelhiPolice.” A special Community Policing Scheme ‘YUVA’ launched by Delhi Police, keeping in mind the problems of the youth in Delhi. YUVA aims to wean adults and underprivileged children, who, for want of proper education and sports facilities, tend to take to crime. Delhi Police takes initiatives like organizing sports activities, painting workshops, vocational training etc to channelize the underprivileged children. Recently in Outer North district, more than 700 Yuvas trained at this centre attended the Kaushal Mela and Rozgar Mela and after interviews, more than 200 Yuvas were offered placement on the spot. Besides, more than 500 Yuvas from all the 8 police stations of Outer-North Distt also attended the function for joining the training.
Even before President Obama’s announcement Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba were re-establishing diplomatic relations, the countries’ baseball relations were warming.Twenty-five players who were born in Cuba played for a Major League Baseball team in 2014, and together they accumulated 27.5 wins above replacement, according to Baseball Reference’s Play Index. Those are the highest totals for Cuban players in MLB since 1970 — back when players such as Tony Oliva, Tony Perez and Bert Campaneris, who’d signed with major-league teams before the U.S. trade embargo kicked in, were still stars.Raw numbers overstate the growing Cuban power in the majors. MLB has expanded from 24 teams in 1970 to 30 today. There are more players of all nationalities, and more wins above replacement to go around. (Roughly 1,000 per season these days.) But even as a percentage of MLB totals, Cuban batters and total Cuban WAR reached levels this past season not seen in at least 40 years.That level still isn’t all that high. Cuban players accounted for less than 3 percent of all wins above replacement last season. But even if Congress doesn’t lift the embargo, Cuban players already in the majors are likely to keep getting better and increase their share of MLB wins. Jose Abreu, Yasiel Puig, Leonys Martin and Jose Fernandez all are in their 20s. Each man has, in just the last two years, had seasons among the best ever for Cuban MLB players.It’s possible that a player who has debuted recently or who will join the league in the warmer diplomatic climate will become MLB’s best ever Cuban player. Only two Cubans have accumulated more than 54 wins above replacement in MLB history: Rafael Palmeiro and Luis Tiant. Neither was elected to the Hall of Fame.
Cubs0.7C. GomezLF+1.6K. Schwarber+0.01.1 Dodgers1598101.898.5%26.5%2.2 Twins147574.5220.127.116.11 CAUTIOUS BUYERSELO RATINGEXP. WINS PER 162 GAMESDIV. SERIES ODDSWORLD SERIES ODDSDOYLE NUMBER Brewers1.3Z. CozartSS+3.1O. Arcia+1.02.7 Blue Jays149418.104.22.168.1 Brewers151282.864.2%4.3%1.3 Yankees0.9T. Frazier1B+2.3J. Choi+0.12.1 Astros2.2Y. DarvishSP+3.1M. Fiers+1.14.3 Orioles147422.214.171.124.1 For most Major League Baseball teams, the trade deadline is a chance to step back and take stock of the franchise’s trajectory. Although only a small fraction of rumored deals actually end up happening, a team’s willingness to swap assets — as either a buyer or a seller — says a lot about where it is in the cycle between contending for a World Series and playing for the future.For a few teams, the choice has already been made. These are the clubs on the ends of the baseball spectrum: the bottom dwellers already committed to punting the present in order to stockpile young talent and the clear front-runners who can begin fine-tuning their playoff rosters in July.But the bulk of the league faces a fork in the road and doesn’t have the luxury of soul-searching with the trade deadline less than two weeks away. The decision to buy or sell is both critical — botched maneuvers can cripple a franchise for years — and further complicated by whether teams are getting a “rental” player (with an expiring contract) or someone who can help them for the next few years. But fear not, baseball general managers, we are here to help.A few years ago, my colleague Nate Silver and I developed a statistical framework for trade-deadline strategy: the Doyle Number (named for a certain pitcher the Detroit Tigers mortgaged their future to acquire at the 1987 deadline). Doyle represents the number of future wins a team should be willing to part with in exchange for adding an extra win of talent this season. So a Doyle of 1.00 means a team should be indifferent to buying or selling — a one-win improvement this year adds as much to its current World Series odds as a future win would add over the long term.1Specifically, its odds over the next six seasons. If its Doyle rises any higher, it should probably be buying (since wins this year are more valuable than future wins); any lower, and it should be selling.For example, the Cleveland Indians currently have a Doyle Number of 1.48. With a good (though not quite great) roster and decent (but not quite ironclad) division-series odds,2Doyle focuses on the division series rather than the wild-card playoff, because the latter’s single-elimination format truly is a crapshoot. they should probably be trying to add talent over the next few weeks to bolster their chances of returning to the World Series. Meanwhile, the New York Mets’ Doyle is 0.08; their injury-riddled talent base is mediocre, and they have very little shot at the division series, so they should be selling off anyone that isn’t nailed down.With those ground rules in place, here’s every team’s Doyle number as of July 16:3The only change I’ve made to the model for this season is that it now uses the future wins (per 162 games) implied by a team’s Elo rating to assess a team’s talent at the deadline, rather than its rest-of-season projected winning percentage from FanGraphs (which is slower to incorporate changes in a team’s play than Elo). Phillies143365.20.00.00.0 Giants147574.50.00.00.0 Rockies0.6J. BruceRF+2.0G. Parra+0.21.1 Red Sox1.6A. AvilaC+2.3C. Vazquez-0.24.0 Talent is an estimate of a player’s current projected wins above replacement (WAR) per 162 games.Sources: RosterResource, Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Tangotiger Expected wins are derived from the team’s current Elo rating.Source: FanGraphs Mets1503126.96.36.199.1 The Doyle topples one of the most common perceptions of the deadline: The team most in need of a trade is the team that is one bat (or one arm) away from making a postseason run. By contrast, Doyle shows that the the teams who should be most willing to buy are the teams having the best seasons — not teams merely on the cusp of the playoffs. It’s a consequence of how random the MLB playoffs are: When even the best teams have long odds of winning, there’s practically no amount of talent a team can add that will cause its World Series probability to hit diminishing returns.This year, the top Doyle teams are the historically dominant Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros — and, to a lesser extent, the Indians, Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox. With the possible exception of Houston, each team has at least one position where it can substantially improve, and Doyle indicates they should focus on shoring up those weaknesses in preparation for a World Series run.More interesting, however, are the clubs near the threshold between buying and selling. These are teams for whom there is less of a clear-cut direction to take — but some decision must be made, since any direction would add more total future championships than merely standing pat. One archetype for that group is the unexpected contender: Think of the Milwaukee Brewers, who find themselves in first place in the National League Central division despite a relatively unimpressive collection of talent. Milwaukee’s 1.26 Doyle suggests it should lean toward buying, since an improved core will become much more valuable in the postseason.The opposite model might be that of Milwaukee’s division rival, the Chicago Cubs: an expected favorite to whom Doyle gives a disappointingly low World Series probability. The defending champs are having a well-documented down year, and although they’re talented enough to have decent title odds if they make the playoffs, that’s far from guaranteed no matter what deadline moves they make. As a result, their 0.66 Doyle suggests they should lean toward punting on this season.The Cubs, however, don’t seem willing to give up just yet, trading for starter Jose Quintana last week. They weren’t necessarily wrong to do it, either; it’s important to remember that the Doyle Numbers above mostly apply to rental players. After I tweaked the model to account for the remaining years on Quintana’s contract,4Specifically, I gave Chicago 3.2 wins above replacement of talent this season — Quintana’s current talent level, per Tom Tango’s WAR projection system — with an annual half-win decline over each of the next three seasons. Quintana’s total four-year contribution to Chicago’s talent level (9.8 WAR) was then subtracted, spread evenly over the three seasons after his contract expires. Chicago’s Doyle for this specific trade became 1.31 — meaning it was probably worth it to give up top prospects in exchange for improving its talent base over multiple seasons.Those are exactly the kinds of extenuating circumstances a team in Chicago’s current situation needs in order to justify buying instead of selling. Any team with a Doyle north of 0.60 or so could probably do a similar calculation, which means 11 clubs — the Dodgers, Astros, Nationals, Red Sox, Indians, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Rays, Cubs and Rockies — could reasonably call themselves buyers this season under the right circumstances.So we know who’s at the restaurant, and we know who’s on the menu — but what is everyone ordering? We can also use Doyle to build a trade deadline plan for each team, pairing them with players who fit a need and make sense given how realistic a club’s World Series chances are. For each of the 11 teams above, I gathered their current starters5The cutoff for pitchers was either the No. 4 slot in the rotation (for starters) or the setup man role (for relievers). and tracked how good each is this season, according to Tom Tango’s WARcel projections. I also pulled a list of deadline rental targets6So, expiring contracts only. from the excellent RosterResource.com, calculating their WAR talent as well. Multiplying a team’s Doyle Number by the difference in WAR talent between a rental target and its current starter at the same position, we came up with a “deadline index” that indicates how good of a match the player is for the team. After assigning duplicated targets to the team whose index for the player was highest, here are the best pairings between team needs and available players, according to Doyle: Pirates1496188.8.131.52.1 Red Sox154489.8184.108.40.206 Marlins1494220.127.116.11.1 Diamondbacks152084.618.104.22.168 Astros1591100.399.724.62.2 Doyle’s deadline shopping listThe top targets for each potential buyer based on deadline index, which is the difference in talent between an available ‘rental’ and the team’s current starter at his position, multiplied by the team’s Doyle Number Rays0.9C. MaybinLF+1.8S. Peterson+0.21.4 Tigers148922.214.171.124.1 Rangers152585.714.7%1.3%0.4 Where each team stands at the deadlineTeams ranked by Doyle Number — how many future wins of talent a team should trade away to acquire 1 win this season White Sox146772.71.10.00.0 TOP TARGETCURRENT STARTER FOR TARGET POSITION Padres144467.60.20.00.0 Braves1478126.96.36.199.1 Cubs153587.822.02.30.7 Nationals155191.593.812.81.9 Indians1.5J.D. MartinezRF+2.4T. Naquin+0.33.1 Athletics147875.21.30.00.0 SELLERSELO RATINGEXP. WINS PER 162 GAMESDIV. SERIES ODDSWORLD SERIES ODDSDOYLE NUMBER Reds146371.80.70.00.0 TEAMDOYLEPLAYERPOSTALENTPLAYERTALENTDEADLINE INDEX Obviously, here are other layers of complexity involved in actually pulling off these deadline deals, including the quality of the trading team’s farm system, which of its existing players might return from injury before the playoffs, and the possibility of a contract extension with the player being acquired. But the general idea of Doyle is that it provides a flexible framework for trade-deadline decisions, based on how valuable it is to add or shed current talent with an eye on the future.Keep that in mind as we watch whatever deals unfold over the next couple of weeks. A team’s Doyle Number is a rough guideline, the starting point for thinking about trade possibilities. What happens after that is a combination of reading the market, picking the right moment to strike and then making endless phone calls until that forgettable middle reliever is finally yours.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Cardinals150781.610.20.60.3 Nationals1.9J. DysonLF+2.7C. Heisey-0.45.8 Rays151583.5188.8.131.52 Mariners1513184.108.40.206.3 Dodgers2.2A. ReedRP+1.9P. Baez+0.82.3 Indians154489.8220.127.116.11 D-backs1.0C. GrandersonLF+2.0D. Descalso+0.02.0 Angels150218.104.22.168.1 SOLID BUYERSELO RATINGEXP. WINS PER 162 GAMESDIV. SERIES ODDSWORLD SERIES ODDSDOYLE NUMBER Rockies150480.922.214.171.124 Royals149578.9126.96.36.199 Yankees153186.9188.8.131.52
Manchester City continued from where they left off last season as a Sergio Aguero double helped them to clinch the Community Shield title.Sergio Aguero,29, proved deadly in front of goal and helped nullify the early stages of ‘Sarri-ball’ under the newly-hired Maurizio Sarri.The Blues were ahead regarding preparation having played more pre-season games with most of the first team players present in those games.However, Pep Guardiola’s Blues are at a far more advanced phase and showed just why they strolled to the title last term, with Aguero capitalizing from good work from Phil Foden to break the deadlock.It was Bernardo Silva, another player likely to take a leap in his development this term, who set up the second with a lovely ball in behind that Aguero duly gobbled up.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Cityzens still look the clear favourites ahead of their Premier League opener vs. Arsenal next week, while Chelsea have plenty of work to do before their trip to Huddersfield.The Community Shield is ours! #mancitypic.twitter.com/4FHjB6Dsg3— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 5, 2018
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been charged for comments he made following the club’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United on October 10Television cameras filmed Mourinho mumbling some rather abusive and improper choice of words in the aftermath of United’s stunning comeback win against Newcastle at Old Trafford.Reports in the British media suggested that the game was a must-win for Mourinho, whose job at United was on the line following a four-match winless run.But goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez in the second half secured the three points for United.However, Mourinho’s post-match remarks have been brought to the attention of the Football Association (FA).Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.Upon a review, the FA have now charged the Portuguese coach.“Jose Mourinho has been charged following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on October 6, 2018,” read an FA statement on the Telegraph.“It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.”The Red Devils coach has till 18:00 (BST time) on October 19 to answer to the FA’s charge.