I would not trade anyone on Spain for Ronaldo – Hierro

first_imgPortugal v Spain I would not trade anyone on Spain for Ronaldo – Hierro Goal 06:26 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Spain World Cup 2018 Getty Images Portugal v Spain Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Portugal World Cup The Spain manager praised the Portugal star’s quality but said he would not change him for anyone on his side Spain manager Fernando Hierro praised Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal star’s hat-trick against his side, but would not take him over anyone on his squad.Ronaldo delivered a stunning performance in the Group B match, scoring a brilliantly struck free-kick in the late stages to snatch Portugal a point in a thrilling 3-3 opener with their Iberian rivals.The goal followed Ronaldo winning a penalty kick in the early stages and then converting it to give Portugal an 1-0 lead and the Real Madrid star scoring again putting his side back in front thanks to a David de Gea howler late in the first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Ronaldo’s heroics allowed Portugal to overcome a pair of Diego Costa equalisers and a brilliantly struck Nacho goal from distance that gave Spain a second half 3-2 advantage.Though the late goal snatched victory away from Hierro in his Spain head coaching bow, coming days after he was appointed following Julen Lopetegui sacking, Hierro said he would not trade any of his current players for the Portugal superstar.”When you have a player like Ronaldo, it is extremely fortunate for whichever team has him,” Hierro said at his post-match news conference. “I have a really good relationship with Ronaldo, but I certainly would not change him for any of the players in my squad.”Meanwhile, Portugal boss Fernando Santos confessed he had run out of superlatives for his star man, declaring him the world’s best.However, on the heels of Ronaldo becoming the fourth player to score at four World Cups, Santos spoke of his hope that he can make it five in 2022.”I keep talking about Cristiano but what more can I say?” Santos said. “He’s the best in the world.“I hope that he keeps scoring and if he’s there in Qatar, I hope he scores again.”last_img read more

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2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games

first_imgTouch Football is one of the 34 sports on offer at the event and is being played from Wednesday, 10 November until Saturday, 13 November 2010 at Owen Park, Southport. The following divisions are being offered at the event: Men’s: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+ Women’s: 30+, 40+, 45+ Mixed: W30+/M35+, W35+/M40+, W40+/M45+, W45+/M50+ Round games will be played on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before finals commence on Saturday. The grand finals will be on at the following times on Saturday, 13 November:12.20pm – Women’s 40 Final 1.05pm – Women’s 45 Final1.50pm – Women’s 30, Men’s 50 and Men’s 55 Finals2.35pm – Men’s 40, Men’s 45 and Men’s 35 Finals3.20pm – Men’s 30 and Mixed 45/50 Finals4.05pm – Mixed 30/35, Mixed 35/40 and Mixed 40/45 Finals 4.45pm – PresentationsFor more information and results from the 2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games, please visit the following website: www.mastersgames.com.aulast_img read more

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Welcome back XBlades

first_imgThe original creator of the bladed sole football boot, XBlades, has officially announced their new partnership as the Exclusive Footwear Partner of Touch Football Australia [TFA]. The new partnership with TFA will see XBlades provide footwear to TFA elite athletes, members and collaborate with Touch Football’s best players to revolutionise the boots further, with the aim of providing improved comfort and playing longevity. XBlades CEO Leighton Richards is thrilled to partner with Touch Football, a sport that has very strong participation rate all year round and has been a driving force in the development of Rugby 7’s and Rugby League (NRL) players for some time.“XBlades is committed to developing high quality products specifically for Australia’s key football and rugby codes. We have an integrated approach to product development, allowing us to produce even better performing, and more stylish, products for professional and everyday players. â€œMany Touch Football players currently use footwear adapted from other sports which can have an impact on physical performance. Through this new partnership we’ll collaborate with elite players who will help drive our research and development of a Touch Football specific shoe which will better service the requirements of the sport.” Richards said.Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of Touch Football Australia said: “Touch Football is among the top participant based, organised sports in Australia. It’s great to attract and indeed renew the support of an iconic Australian brand like XBlades, which is dedicated to supporting our aim of growing and developing the game.”This new partnership is the latest move as part of XBlades’ serious brand reinvigoration under new direction; with ex Callaway Golf Director Leighton Richards and former AFL superstar Jimmy Bartel at the helm. Touch Football players and officials are excited for the partnership.  â€œI’ve been wearing XBlade boots for the past decade- since I was 15. I really enjoy wearing XBlades and I feel like they benefit my performance when I’m playing Touch” Pete Noman, Men’s Open’s player commented. Pete Norman joins fellow XBlade cohort, Danni Davis, in the 2017 All Stars team, where they will compete against the best Indigenous players at the MacDonald Jones Stadium tonight. “I am so excited about the partnership with Touch Football Australia and XBlades,” Danni expresses. “They are a boot I have worn since day dot, and they have taken me all the way to representing Australia,”. Danni will be sporting her new XBlade boots against the best of the best in the All Stars matches tonight.   Team XBlades currently consists of more than 40 NRL and AFL stars including Paul Gallen and Alex Rance to ensure the product meets the needs of current professional players. 2017 will see several high profile player signings, additional club partnerships and the unveiling of XBlades full collection.Related Filesxblades_media_release-pdfRelated LinksWelcome XBladeslast_img read more

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Info on the 2019 NYC and NSC

first_imgThe 2019 National Youth Championships (NYC) is being held alongside the 2019 National Schools Cup (NSC) at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokarina, Queensland.Both events will commence on Wednesday 18th September, with NSC Grand Finals taking place on Friday 20th September and NYC Finals day on Saturday 21st September.Find out more about NYC Conditions of Entry here: 2019 NYC Conditions of EntryFind out more about NYC & NSC Team Nomination Information here: 2019 NYC & NSC Team NominationsFind out more about what to do and where to stay on the Naturally Refreshing Sunshine Coast: What, When and Where on the Sunshine CoastInfo on NYC Playing Rules: After the TFA rules committee meeting, it has been determined that the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules will not be introduced into TFA Competition and Events until 1st January 2020. This will allow the update of all educational resources required for the effective roll out of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules. It has been determined that the NYC and NSC will operate under the 7th Edition TFA Playing Rules in September 2019.Info on NSC Team Qualification:TFA is looking to rebrand and expand the NSC program in 2020. At the 2019 NSC, TFA are piloting the expansion of the event to include a second division. Any school that participates in their state’s All Schools competition will be eligible to enter the NSC in the respective division in 2019. Team eligibility will be regardless of finishing positions. Teams will only be accepted based on the outlined requirements within the NSC Conditions of Entry, including the provision of a referee. The Top 8 teams from Queensland and NSW and the top 4 teams from the ACT, NT, SA, Tasmania, Victoria and WA will qualify for division 1. All other teams will qualify for division 2.last_img read more

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14 days agoReal Madrid join interest in RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland

first_imgReal Madrid join interest in RB Salzburg striker Erling Haalandby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have joined the interest in RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.AS says Real management are keeping tabs on the young Norway international this season.Haaland’s emergence has caught the attention of the world’s biggest clubs, including Manchester United and PSG.Now Real have joined the interest in line with their recent youth policy.Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes have arrived, along with Martin Odegaard and Takefuso Kubo, who are on-loan with Real Sociedad and Mallorca respectively. And now there’s a discussion about moving for Haaland. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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13 days agoRonaldo: We had fantastic Inter Milan team

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ronaldo: We had fantastic Inter Milan teamby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Valladolid owner Ronaldo Nazario says he “never wanted to leave Inter”.Ronaldo admits he never saw eye-to-eye with coach Hecter Cuper.“That Inter was a fantastic team. Along with Bobo Vieri, we had Clarence Seedorf and many other talents. Unfortunately, the injuries prevented me from sharing the field with Vieri that many times,” Ronaldo said via videolink in the Festival dello Sport.“When I first arrived, there was such great enthusiasm at Inter and the fans believed we could achieve wonderful results. I see enthusiasm around Inter this year too and hope we can win something.“I never wanted to leave Inter, as I felt that was my home and would be for life. I’d never gone to a President to demand they fire the Coach, as that didn’t seem right and it wasn’t my style.“However, we reached a point with Cuper where I simply couldn’t do anything else. He did not treat me well at all. I don’t know if winning the Scudetto would’ve changed my mind.“I was convinced Massimo Moratti would sack Cuper, so it was a nasty surprise for me when he backed the Coach. At that moment, as I was too proud, I decided to walk away.“The city that had first loved me, now hated me. I needed police protection. It was tough. I adore Moratti, he was like a father to me. We reached a conclusion to that relationship where both of us made a mistake.” last_img read more

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Rooney arrested for public intoxication & swearing in US

first_imgD.C. United striker Wayne Rooney was arrested on public intoxication and swearing charges shortly last month, according to court records obtained in the US.As originally reported by a local ABC news outlet , the 33-year-old was arrested at Washington-Dulles Airport in Virginia on December 16 before being released without bail.The former England and Manchester United captain, who had been travelling to Saudi Arabia for a sporting event, subsequently paid a fine of $25 on January 4 for breaking the law. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Virginia law states that “if any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor”.Rooney’s MLS side said in a statement to Goal on Sunday: “We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December.”We understand the media’s interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally. We have no further comment on the situation.”Wayne Rooney arrest recordThe striker responded through a spokesperson later on Sunday explaining the situation and saying it is now past.”During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival,” the spokesperson said.”He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end.”Rooney currently near the US capital after signing for D.C. United from Everton in July on a three-and-a-half-year contract.He made an immediate impact at Audi Field, scoring 12 goals in 21 matches to help lift the side from the bottom of MLS’ Eastern Conference to secure a playoff place.However, Rooney would miss a spotkick as D.C. were beaten by Columbus on penalties in the playoffs.Despite that disappointment Rooney was named as D.C. United’s MVP and Golden Boot winner for the 2018 season.In September 2017, Rooney was arrested by Cheshire police after being caught driving over the drink-drive limit. Rooney, who was playing for Everton at the time, subsequently pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Stockport Magistrates’ Court later that month.He was fined £170, banned from driving for two years and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. His club Everton also fined Rooney two weeks’ wages in the region of £300,000.Rooney has scored more than 250 career goals since making his debut as a 16-year-old for Everton in 2002.He joined Manchester United in 2004 and went on to score 253 goals to become the Red Devils’ all-time top goalscorer. He left Old Trafford in the summer of 2017 to return to boyhood club Everton but would spend just one season back at Goodison Park before moving to the D.C. United last July.Rooney is also England’s top scorer and second most-capped player with 53 goals in 120 international appearances.He initially retired from international duty in August 2017 but came out of retirement for a final farewell appearance against the United States at Wembley in November.last_img read more

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Luiz plays down Sarri strop & Higuain spat

first_imgDavid Luiz has played down Maurizio Sarri’s training strop ahead of the Europa League final and insisted that his own row with Gonzalo Higuain was merely a show of passion.The Blues’ build-up to a meeting with Arsenal saw them generate some unwelcome headlines.Sarri was visibly upset by something as he put his players through their paces in Baku, while Luiz was involved in a spat with a fellow South American. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Chelsea were far from divided when the action got underway, as they swept to a 4-1 win over Premier League rivals and a major piece of continental silverware.Luiz claims there were never any issues inside the camp, with Sarri’s apparent show of petulance being taken out of context.The Brazil international defender told the Blues’ official website: “I think the guys watching didn’t analyse well.“We just had some things during the training, this is normal, and then Maurizio was angry because he could not make the set-piece because those guys were there watching.“That’s why he was angry, and then the media mix up a lot of things.”Luiz added on his exchange with Argentine striker Higuain: “This is normal, in the game everybody saw the spirit of the team and also not just me and Gonzalo, everybody around Chelsea, everybody is important, and Gonzalo is my friend.”David Luiz Chelsea 2018-19Chelsea’s victory in Azerbaijan allowed them to end the 2018-19 campaign on a high.They were able to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, but suffered penalty shootout heartache in the Carabao Cup final.Questions are now being asked of Maurizio Sarri’s ongoing presence, with Goal revealing that he wants to return to Italy at Juventus, while Eden Hazard is expected to leave for Real Madrid.There may be plenty of hurdles to come, but Luiz believes the club have already cleared plenty.A man who has committed to a new contract at Stamford Bridge said: “We had some ups and downs but we learned a lot.“We improved a lot during the season and I think we finished very, very well.“We lost on penalties in the Carabao Cup final against City, being the best side, we qualified straight away for the Champions League after Liverpool and Man City, because they did amazing we could not get them this season in the Premier League, and we won a big title in Europe.“So I think Chelsea’s great.”last_img read more

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‘Moyes at Man Utd like charging an iPhone with a Nokia charger’

first_imgManchester United’s troubled transition from Sir Alex Ferguson to David Moyes in the summer of 2013, which has left a lasting impression, was akin to “trying to charge an iPhone with a Nokia charger”, says Anders Lindegaard.The Red Devils had known for a while that iconic coach Ferguson would be heading into retirement as they chased down what was to be a 13th Premier League title.Fellow Scot Moyes was the man charged with the task of succeeding Ferguson, but he would last only a matter of months before seeing a long-term contract ripped up . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have gone on to endure similar struggles at Old Trafford, with neither able to awaken a sleeping giant and return it to its feet.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since inherited the reins, but he is facing similar tests to his predecessors as a lengthy period of rebuilding continues at the Theatre of Dreams .Former United goalkeeper Lindegaard told the Evening Standard of the challenges the Red Devils faced when a successful squad was passed on to Moyes: “I didn’t feel it was ageing. It felt more like we just couldn’t adjust to a new way of life. “It seemed like trying to charge an iPhone with a Nokia charger. It just slowly went flat. “Who was ever going to lift the club after the boss [Ferguson]? “Moyes and everyone with big influence on United have all been easy targets. And I refuse to be another one pointing at individuals. “Every time the team has had a single bad result I’ve heard suggestions for new managers, getting rid of half the team and signing new players. I imagine it isn’t easy to work under those circumstances. “I’ll point at myself and everyone else involved with United. Both on a professional and an emotional level. We were all to blame. “None of us could accept changes to our beloved United. All of us thought everything should just stay the same and we’d carry on succeeding. It was an illusion.” He added: “It seems to me like the club needed change and modernisation. And I can imagine it’s been hard for the club to realise that. “United is tradition and history. Tradition and history is hard to change. Especially when it’s as long and successful as United. “A modern football club needs a philosophy that’s defined by the club – not the manager. In terms of football you need to have a clear idea what a United player and a United team is. That responsibility should be on the club – not the manager. “Otherwise you end up buying a new team every time you change the manager. “Maybe the club did have a clear strategy and philosophy on football. But looking at it from the outside it hasn’t been clear.”Solskjaer Ferguson splitSolskjaer may be the man to get United back on track, with Lindegaard – who spent five years on the books at Old Trafford between 2010 and 2015 – hoping that proves to be the case.The 35-year-old Denmark international added: “I think he is. I deeply hope so. United’s history is so rich and successful. And I think the club and the fans need someone who speaks to the history. “Someone who understands it and complies with it. I don’t doubt Ole has come in to carry on the United heritage and stay true to the United DNA. And he can do that because he knows it and is a part of it himself.“But there’s a crucial ingredient I’m afraid will be difficult to accept. And that’s time. “Realistically it will take years to rebuild United for greatness. Look at how long it took Liverpool. “For Ole to be successful in the long term I think everyone will have to embrace themselves with patience and accept the current state. “There’s a massive job ahead of him and no matter how you twist and turn it I think his success depends on how well the club helps him. Especially on recruitment.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Terry extends Villa contract

first_imgFormer Chelsea captain John Terry has signed an extended contract to remain as Aston Villa assistant coach until 2021.The 38-year-old spent his final season as player at Villa in 2017-18, losing in the Championship play-off final to Fulham.But Terry returned to Villa Park when Dean Smith was appointed as Steve Bruce’s successor last October and this time helped the club back to the Premier League, winning at Wembley in May. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? And the 38-year-old has committed his future to Villa ahead of their return to top-flight action.Smith said: “I am really pleased that JT has extended his current deal as he is a pleasure to work with.”We have had a successful start to our Villa coaching careers and JT has been instrumental in joining myself, Richard O’Kelly and Neil Cutler.”He has complemented the team that we have and I have no doubts he will go on to be a top manager in the years to come.”Our focus now is on the coming season and to try to continue the progress we have had in the past eight months.”Terry was linked to the Middlesbrough manager’s job following Tony Pulis’ departure at the end of last season but insisted he was staying patient.Jonathan Woodgate was subsequently appointed at Boro, including former Tottenham and LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane on his staff.Terry’s ex-Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard is reportedly the front-runner for the leading role at Stamford Bridge, having impressed with Derby County, who were beaten by Villa in the play-off final last month.As well as extending Terry’s deal, the West Midlands club has moved quickly in the transfer market, having already brought in a number of signings ahead of their return to the top flight. Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi have been signed from Wolves and Lille respectively after spending the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Villa Park. While winger Jota, who previously worked with Smith at Brentford, was signed from rivals Birmingham this month and Brazilian striker Wesley has been brought in from Club Brugge.And Villa are linked with a number of other players, including Championship stars Neal Maupay and Jack Butland.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Ten things we learned playing Volta in FIFA 20

first_imgAs Goal learned by attending an exclusive preview event in Berlin and getting hands-on with Volta, there is more to the new mode than a simple reboot of the popular Street series. These are the ten things we learned from playing Volta in FIFA 20…Volta is not FIFA StreetVolta has been compared to EA Sports’ classic series FIFA Street, which featured exaggerated gameplay and player models and became a cult classic.Despite featuring smaller teams, Volta has more in common with the full 11-a-side game than any of the games in the Street series. 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? EA Sports attribute this to wanting Volta to act as a stepping stone to the traditional game, allowing players to take the skills they’ve learned on the courts into stadiums – mirroring the real-life paths of many footballers.Skills don’t win gamesThe biggest difference between FIFA Street and Volta is that in the latter skills don’t win you games, or give you any advantage aside from helping you beat your marker.While they’re useful to beat an opponent, the result is decided on who scores the most goals. EA Sports made this decision after talking to legendary street footballers who admitted that while showboating is fun, all each team wants to do is to score more than their opponent.There are four ways to play VoltaThere are three main ways to play Volta – kick-off, Story and Volta World.Kick-off mode is similar to the kick-off mode found in the main game, with the option to pick from a myriad of street football match-types before you choose one of many club and national teams to represent and face off against.The Story and Volta World modes begin with players creating their own street footballer (male or female).From there, the Story mode takes players on a narrative-driven guide to the world of street football, presented in a similar way to the Journey. The Story mode is optional and players can just jump right into Volta World if they want to get right into the action.Volta World is an offline mode, where players traverse a global map, taking on other teams with different challenges and rewards.Teams faced in Volta World are all player-generated, just as they are in Squad Battles in FIFA Ultimate Team, meaning that every match you play is against a team created by another FIFA fan elsewhere in the World.There’s also player-vs-player League and World Tour modes, giving players the chance to skip the story and to face off against other players online.FIFA 20 Volta ViniciusYou can take another team’s playersAs you progress through Volta World you’re able to recruit players from teams you’ve beaten. That player stays with their team, but a replica joins yours to be used to future matches.Since you can create a version of yourself in Volta, it’s possible that there could be multiple versions of you playing Volta football all over the world. You may even end up facing a team which includes the player you created.Home advantage mattersAs well as creating your own player, you also get to choose a location, court type and playstyle as your ‘home’.As Volta league matches have a home and away element, this means it’s important that you customise your home to suit your own play style. Do you like to play passes off the wall? Be sure that your court has walls. Perhaps you’re a skiller, in that case ensure your home match type is for smaller squads with more one-on-ones.FIFA 20 Volta RioSkills are easierThe stick and button combinations required to pull off skills in Volta are the same as those used in the full FIFA game. This was chosen as a way to introduce new players to skill moves and mean that flicks and tricks learned in Volta can be carried into 11-vs-11 matches.However, if you’re lucky enough to have a highly skilled player on your team, they will beat players with more flair, just as they would in the full game. When we had a chance to try this out in Berlin, the difference was noticeable when playing with players like Neymar and Messi.FIFA 20 Volta SanchoNo keeper? No problemWhile the core game of Volta feels similar to the full FIFA experience, certain changes were made to players’ AI to ensure they behave like street players. An example of this which becomes apparent early on is how they block shots.In matches without goalkeepers (which can be turned on and off) players obviously can’t block shots on goal with their hands. Instead, they angle their body down to use the rest of their body.Another example is in how they use the walls of courts to beat players – something their real-world counterparts would never do – which meant tweaks to the AI so Volta players know it’s possible and don’t consider everything outside the lines as out of bounds.Men and women together but stars don’t mixFor the first time in a FIFA game, in Volta men and women can play on the same pitch and there’s no difference to how they play, it’s a level playing field. Although mixed-gender matches are purely aesthetic, it really adds to the realism to see men and women on the same court.While men and women mixing it up on the court is possible, Volta doesn’t allow for teams of created and real-world players, or to play with a dream team of players from different club teams. There isn’t even an equivalent FIFA Ultimate Team element, meaning there’s no dream team building or packs to open, which leads us on to the good news that…FIFA 20 Volta (custom)There are no microtransactions or loot boxesAs well as there being no packs to open in Volta, there’s no microtransactions at all. Players can earn virtual currency in Volta World to spend on cosmetic items, but they have no real-world value.Volta has boss battlesName us a good video game without a good boss battle. You can’t, it’s not possible. In Volta, at specific points in the campaign, you will face teams featuring legendary street footballers. Beat these teams and the legendary player joins your ranks. This part is a bit like FIFA Street, which allowed you to recruit players from teams you beat to create your custom dream team squads.last_img read more

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Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham Offers Advice To LSU Transfer Joe Burrow

first_imgQuarterback Joe Burrow of the Ohio State Buckeyes calls out signals during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Quarterback Joe Burrow #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes calls out signals during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Jarrett Stidham, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, started his collegiate career at Baylor before transferring to Auburn and winding up in the SEC. This week, he offered some interesting advice for another quarterback transferring into the conference.Stidham was at the Manning Passing Academy this past Friday and did a sort of Q&A with the media. AL.com’s Matt Zenitz’s captured some of the highlights, including an interesting tidbit for incoming LSU signal-caller Joe Burrow.Stidham was asked what advice he’d give to Burrow, since he himself once transferred into the SEC. Stidham’s answer, while likely meant to be benign, raised the eyebrows of Ohio State fans.“I don’t how it was up north, but people down south love their football. That’s No. 1. No. 2, the SEC, it’s a lot of fun. It’s a grind. Every single week, you’ve got to be on your game. There’s no cupcake teams in our league. You’re going to get somebody’s best every single week, so you’ve got to be physically and mentally prepared for those types of games and situations.”Ohio State has one of the best fan bases in college football. They might have the most passionate supporters in the game, in fact.Um…Jarrett, I’m going to help you out here a little bit buddy.The residents of Ohio sort of care deeply about the football program at Ohio State. And kind of care deeply about football in general in entire state of Ohio.Back me up here @DanaSulonen.Glad I could help. https://t.co/fcvR48KOP4— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 25, 2018As for Burrow, he’s reportedly going to be throw into the mix regarding the starting position. He transferred out of Ohio State using the grad transfer rule after graduating this past May.College football season kicks off in just over two months.last_img read more

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Video Of This Referee Is Going Viral At The Rose Bowl

first_imgThe Rose Bowl game for Iowa vs. Stanford.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the exterior of the Rose Bowl before the 102nd Rose Bowl Game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Washington Huskies met in the Grandaddy of Them All – the Rose Bowl. The annual Big Ten vs. Pac-12 contest has been less than exciting thus far, as Ohio State has dominated the action on both sides of the ball.The Buckeyes hold a 21-3 lead and it doesn’t look like the Huskies have the firepower on offense to make a run.While the game hasn’t offered much, the officiating has been stellar and one official is going viral for what he did near the end of the first half.The official saw a balloon floating down to the field, jumped up, grabbed it with a pure display of athleticism and popped it on his way back to his officiating position.Check it out.I think this ref deserves the S-E-C! S-E-C! chant. pic.twitter.com/ABmqbG8om7— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) January 1, 2019That’s where we’re at with this game – stuck admiring the official’s hops and awareness on the field.Ohio State leads 21-3 at the half.last_img read more

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Former Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel “Looking At” 4 Programs

first_imgTexas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel drops back to pass.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Nick Starkel #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies throws a pass in the fourth quarter during a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Crimson Tide defeated the Aggies 45-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Late Tuesday night, Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel announced his plans to transfer from the Aggies football program for the final two years of his eligibility.“Since I signed my letter of intent I have given my all to my teammates, coaches, and the 12th man – from starting my first college football game under Coach Sumlin and his staff, to winning the Gator Bowl with Coach Fisher and his…I will explore finishing my final two years of eligibility at another program,” Starkel said in a statement.It’s the year of the transfer quarterback and Starkel is just the latest to hit the market. So, where will he go?According to Aggies insider Travis Brown, Starkel is looking at four programs: Duke, Ohio State, SMU and Arizona.Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel will hit the transfer portal any minute now & will not participate in spring practice, he said. Will complete 120 hours before July & should be on new campus July 1. Said he’s looking at Duke, Ohio State, SMU & Arizona (former HC Kevin Sumlin).— ?????? ?. ????? (@Travis_L_Brown) January 23, 2019Starkel plans to graduate from Texas A&M this spring and will be eligible to play immediately for his new program.Arizona could be the school to look out for after Starkel committed to play for Kevin Sumlin when he was the head coach at Texas A&M. With Sumlin now in Arizona, the Wildcats could be the early leader to land the former three-star recruit.Ohio State could use added depth at the position as well.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Clemson Announces Special Home Game Events For 2019 Football Season

first_imgclemson quarterback trevor lawrence during the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide 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)Clemson football is coming off of its second national championship under Dabo Swinney in recent years.Tickets to games in Death Valley are sure to be expensive, with the return of Trevor Lawrence and an incredibly offensive supporting cast.It doesn’t hurt that Clemson makes every single home game an event. The Tigers recently rolled out its home game line-up for 2019, announcing Homecoming and other special designations for the schedule.The October 26 game against Boston College has been selected for Clemson football’s Homecoming weekend.The Tigers are riding an eight game winning streak against the Eagles, dating back to the 2010 season.Here is Clemson’s full schedule, with those home game designations:Aug. 29: vs. Georgia Tech (National Championship Celebration) Sept. 7: vs. Texas A&M (IPTAY Day) Sept. 14: at Syracuse Sept. 21: vs. Charlotte (Family Weekend) Sept. 28: at North Carolina Oct. 12: vs. Florida State (Solid Orange Day) Oct. 19: at Louisville Oct. 26: vs. Boston College (Homecoming & Football Reunion Day) Nov. 2: vs. Wofford (Military Appreciation Day & Purple Out) Nov. 9: at NC State Nov. 16: vs. Wake Forest (Senior Day & Hall of Fame Day) Nov. 30: at South CarolinaThe Georgia Tech opener will be the first game on the new ACC Network, so the channel will be able to open with a national championship banner being unveiled.Not a bad flex for the ACC or the Tigers there.[Clemson]last_img read more

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Gabrielle Union Explains Why Dwyane Wade Had To Become A Nebraska Fan

first_img Via the Omaha World-Herald:Union said her father was at first skeptical about Wade.“I had been married before — spoiler alert — and I had to write some checks after that one,” Union said, “So my dad was watching the wallet, and he was like ‘What do you want with her? She’s got her own life, she’s got her own house, she’s got her own stuff, what are you bringing to the table?’”[…]Union said her father made him a deal: “If you’ll commit to being a Nebraska Cornhusker fan, I’ll let you in the family.”“We have not missed a home opener, yet.” Union said before cheering, “GO BIG RED!”As Union said, the couple has been a presence at Husker football games. Nebraska basketball also offered a scholarship to his son, Zaire Wade, last summer, though the status of that offer is unclear with the recent coaching change.Given the excitement around the Scott Frost era entering year two, and Wade might’ve gotten in ahead of the bandwagon at a good time. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union cheer on Nebraska football.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Basketball star Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union greet fans during a break in the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Dwayne Wade famously went to Marquette, where he is likely the greatest player in program history. In 2003, he almost single-handedly led the Golden Eagles to the Final Four.Luckily for him, his alma mater doesn’t have a football program. That was big when it came to wooing his wife Gabrielle Union.Union is a Nebraska native, and a life long, diehard Huskers fan. Based on a recent interview, things may not have worked out if Wade wasn’t willing to adopt the Huskers himself.Gabrielle Union recently appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden, and told the story of why Dwyane Wade has to embrace her Nebraska fandom.Essentially, it was a major way that he could win her father over.last_img read more

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Urban Meyer Calls Today’s Game A “Must Win” For Michigan

first_imgUrban speaking on a cell phone prior to a football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer arrives ahead of the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The biggest knock on Jim Harbaugh is that he’s struggled to win against ranked opponents. We’re only in the fourth week of the college football season, but Urban Meyer believes Michigan is in a must-win situation this afternoon.Michigan won its first two games against Middle Tennessee and Army. It’ll be much harder to defeat Wisconsin on the road in Madison.Harbaugh’s crew enters today’s matchup as the underdog.Meyer understands that Michigan isn’t favored over Wisconsin. Nonetheless, the former Ohio State coach believes this is a must-win game for the prestigious program in Ann Arbor. “At some point it has to happen. They have to go on the road and they have to win as an underdog. I think this is a must-win game. They have to go to Madison and win today.”You can watch the full segment from FS1’s Big Noon Kickoff here:”We expect to beat Wisconsin, but they must win this game today to make it to the CFP.” @CoachUrbanMeyer and @CharlesWoodson break down the importance of today’s game for Michigan ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/DiSmVvevQf— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 21, 2019The Wolverines have looked pretty sloppy on offense in their first two games. Fortunately for the coaching staff, it had a bye week to figure out any issues plaguing the starting unit.While fans in Michigan aren’t very fond of Meyer, they most likely agree that Harbaugh needs to lead his team to a victory over Wisconsin.Michigan and Wisconsin are set to kick off at noon E.T. on FOX.last_img read more

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Navdeep Saini could make World Cup debut: Ashish Nehra

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 20:06 IST The 26-year-old Navdeep Saini from Haryana was named as a standby for the World Cup beginning May 30 Courtesy by BCCIHIGHLIGHTSNavdeep Saini was snapped up for Rs 3 crore for IPL 2018 and showed his skills this seasonThe 26-year-old from Haryana was named as a standby for the World Cup beginning May 30″He’s got pace and bounce and the most important thing is he’s confident,” said Ashish NehraThe rapid rise of uncapped pacer Navdeep Saini could actually see him making a World Cup debut, his Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling coach Ashish Nehra said here Thursday.Snapped up for Rs 3 crore for IPL 2018, the pacer did not play any match for RCB last season but he has been a revelation this time.The 26-year-old from Haryana was named as a standby for the World Cup beginning May 30.”He’s got pace and bounce and the most important thing is he’s confident right now especially in this format because it’s really quick,” Nehra told reporters ahead of their match against Kolkata Knight Riders.”Within two games his confidence is high when nobody thought he will do well. That’s the beauty of IPL. He’s not going to come good in every game. He will go for runs but he’s got all the ingredients to be a good bowler.”Look where he’s today. He is the first standby so if any fast bowler gets injured he (Saini) will be the one playing the World Cup,” he added.A find of Gautam Gambhir, Saini, who made the Delhi Ranji team despite initial resistance from the DDCA officials, is known for cranking up raw pace.Nehra said people kept questioning their decision to invest so heavily on Saini despite his limited success in white-ball cricket.”He didn’t play last year. So many guys came up to me and said he plays only tournament games…. So many people were actually doubting his abilities and said you bought him for Rs 3 crores,” he said.advertisementSaini has stood out at a time when senior pro Umesh Yadav and talented Mohammed Siraj have faltered especially at the death.”It’s not easy to bowl at the death in this format. Skill-wise, I don’t think there’s any other team who have got three good fast bowlers in one team. The next name that comes to my mind is Sunrisers,” Nehra said.”Yes they have not bowled the way they would have liked to bowl at the death or up front. But they can do better than this. Every cricketer will not have the same season.”Last year, Umesh Yadav had a really good season. These bowlers have the skill, hope they will do better in coming games. They are working hard,” he said defending the pace duo.Pacer Dale Steyn has come on board as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile and Nehra said the South African great has very high chances of playing Friday.”He is a very experienced campaigner. We have all seen him doing so well not only in test cricket but for other franchises also.”With one win from eight matches, RCB’s chance of making the play-offs appears really slim but Nehra said a turnaround is still possible.”We are always hopeful. We have seen teams qualifying winning last six games and with 14 points. We are not thinking of qualification but to play good cricket right now.”We need to take one game at a time. We have lost a couple of really close games. It’s all about winning those moments,” the former left-arm seamer, said.In the first leg, Andre Russell had left RCB in shambles smashing seven sixes en route to his 13-ball 48 not out as KKR had chased down a tall 206 by five wickets with fives balls to spare.Down with a shoulder injury after being hit by a bouncer in Thursday’s practice, Russell is a doubtful starter.Asked whether they’re relieved with Russell being doubtful for Friday’s game, Nehra said: “As a cricketer, I would like to see him playing and bowlers doing well against him and get him out. Fans also want to see good cricket. It’s not for Russell to hit big sixes every time.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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Navdeep SainiFollow Cricket World CupFollow Ashish Nehra Navdeep Saini could make World Cup debut: Ashish NehraImpressed with pacer Navdeep Saini, Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling coach Ashish Nehra said he could be making a World Cup debut this year.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ankita Raina stuns former US Open champion Samantha Stosur

first_imgAnkita Raina stuns former US Open champion Samantha StosurAnkita Raina shocked former US Open champion Samantha Stosur 7-5 2-6 6-5 in a gruelling two hours and fifty minutes battle at the second round of Kunping Openadvertisement Press Trust of India AnningApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 16:43 IST Ankita Raina defeated Samantha Stosur 7-5 2-6 6-5 (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSAnkita Raina shocked former US Open champion Samantha StosurAnkita beat Stosur 7-5 2-6 6-5 in the second round of Kunping OpenWorld no.77, Stosur made more errors compared to Ankita’s sixIndia’s top women’s singles player Ankita Raina shocked former US Open champion Samantha Stosur for the biggest win of her career, progressing to the second round of Kunping Open in Anning on Wednesday.The Indian, an Asian Games bronze medallist, shocked the fancied Australian 7-5 2-6 6-5 in a gruelling two hours and fifty minutes battle at the WTA 125K event.This is the second time the two faced off, with Stosur winning their last encounter in straight sets.The 26-year-old Indian struggled to hold her and managed only three aces throughout the match compared to Stosur, who smashed seven aces. However, the world no 77 made more errors — 18 double faults — compared to Ankita’s six.She will face Kai-Lin Zhang of China in the second round.Raina, ranked 178, had finished runner up at the USD 60,000 ITF event in Istanbul earlier this month. Last year, she became only the third Indian woman tennis player after Sania Mirza and Nirupama Vaidyanathan to breach the top-200 rankings in singles.Stosur had won the 2011 US Open defeating Serena Williams in the final. She is a former world No. 1 in doubles and has won six other grand slam titles, including 2005 US Open, 2006 French Open, and 2019 Australian Open women’s doubles events, and the 2005 Australian Open, 2008 Wimbledon Championships and 2014 Wimbledon Championships mixed doubles events.Also Read | Fognini lands maiden Masters title in Monte CarloFor 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 Tags :Follow Ankita RainaFollow US OpenFollow Samantha StosurFollow second roundFollow Kunping Open Nextlast_img read more

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Ross Taylor looks to outshine Kane Williamson in possibly his last World Cup

first_imgRoss Taylor looks to outshine Kane Williamson in possibly his last World CupRoss Taylor has scored 2,892 ODI runs since the last World Cup, placing him sixth on the list of most prolific batsmen since 2015. He is the first New Zealand player to score 20 one-day hundreds.advertisement Reuters WellingtonMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 11:05 IST This could be possibly Ross Taylor’s last World Cup (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSRoss Taylor has risen to the top three in the ICC ODI rankingsRoss Taylor is averaging 68.85 since the 2015 World CupTaylor is New Zealand’s leading one-day run scorer with 8,026 runs so farNew Zealand batsman Ross Taylor enters his fourth, and almost certainly last, World Cup in the form of his life, raising the prospect he might even outshine Kane Williamson in England and Wales.The good news for New Zealand fans is that the former captain and his most recent successor in the role will be playing on the same team. They will be expected to provide a formidable three-four combination in the batting lineup.Both have been in superb form since the Black Caps reached the final of last World Cup but Taylor has overshadowed his 28-year-old skipper and risen to the top three in the International Cricket Council rankings.The 35-year-old has scored 2,892 ODI runs over those four years, placing him sixth in the list of most prolific batsmen headed by India captain Virat Kohli (4,306).Taylor, however, has played fewer games than everyone else above him and his average of 68.85 compares unfavourably with only Kohli’s 78.29. It is also significantly better than the seventh-placed Williamson’s 47.01.It is no coincidence that Taylor’s batting has improved markedly since he underwent surgery in late 2016 to remove a pterygium a benign growth that was affecting the vision in his left eye.In the 17 matches from the last World Cup until his operation he scored 692 runs at 62.90. Since the procedure, he has scored 2,200 runs at 70.96 in 42 games.A change in technique he is less fidgety and squarer on at the crease while his backlift has straightened has also helped and he has been knocking off a number of personal batting milestones.advertisementHe became the first New Zealand player to score 20 one-day centuries when he hit 137 against Sri Lanka in Nelson in January.The following month, he surpassed Stephen Fleming as New Zealand’s leading one-day run scorer when he flicked a single off Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hassan in Dunedin to move to 8,008 runs, a total which he has now extended to 8,026.Since the start of the year he has scored 593 runs and only been dismissed in single figures once in his 11 ODI innings a run of form he credits to the work he has put in off the field.Being a World Cup year, I have had a big focus on my one-day game, Taylor told the Middlesex website ahead of the start of a short-term contract for the English county last month.I am happy with the way things have gone. I’m not trying to put too much pressure on myself. It’s about just playing the situation.Also Read | Every captain would lose a left leg to reach World Cup 2019 final: Eoin MorganAlso Read | It’s just another game you need to win: Kohli on India vs Pakistan tie in World Cup 2019Also SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ross TaylorFollow World Cup 2019Follow New Zealandlast_img read more

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