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New South Wales Combined High Schools are on track to make it a hat-trick of X-Blades National Youth Championship girls titles after the tournament favourites completely dominated their rivals on day one of the competition.The Brooke Playford-coached side won all three of their Pool A games, and have an impressive for and against record of 46.NSWCHS started their day with a 14-0 thumping of Touch New Zealand under 15s.They followed it up with an even bigger win against Victoria, 19-0, and defeated Brisbane City Cobras 13-2.But the two-time defending champions aren’t alone on top of the girls Pool A ladder.South West Queensland Swans have also collected maximum points from their opening three matches, albeit in much harder circumstances than NSWCHS.The Swans had an easy 11-2 victory first up against Victoria but followed with two very gutsy and determined wins in their next two matches.They were pushed all the way by their Queensland rivals, the Cobras 4-3 and Sunshine Coast Pineapples 3-2.NSW Combined Independent Schools sit in outright third on 10 points following nail-biting wins over Sunshine Coast and Western Tigers.Despite being on the wrong end of the scoreline in their first match against NSWCHS, the New Zealand under 15s enjoyed two wins on the opening day – 7-6 over Western Tigers and 7-3 over Victoria.The New Zealand teams aren’t awarded points because they are an invitational team.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and NSW Combined Catholic Colleges lead the way in Pool B after the two won all their games.QSST were too good for NSW Touch Association Development (10-2), Central Queensland Bulls ( 11-2) and South Australia Heat (10-0).NSWCCC won against Tasmania (14-1), NSWTA Development (5-3) and ACT Pirates (4-0).The Bulls are third and a host of teams are in equal fourth spot on six points.Tomorrow matches at 9.50am.For more information on the NYC, check out these websites:NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr follow us on Twitter or on our Facebook page.Related LinksNSWCHS on track for hat-trick
georgia tech rushes fieldIt’s party time in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech, after a field goal block returned for a touchdown as time expired, knocked off No. 9 Florida State at home Saturday 22-16 in front of a raucous crowd. Yellow Jackets fans rushed the field in celebration immediately following the crazy play. Check it out:Miracle on North Ave – Part 2. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/2JwgjXEQt3— Lauren Rupert (@lauren_rupert) October 25, 2015Here’s the scene from Georgia Tech pic.twitter.com/ZM4XV9UVoF— Brendan Sonnone (@osfsu) October 25, 2015First part of any game I see on our new 55 smart tv is fsu losing to Georgia tech! Great day to be a Gator! pic.twitter.com/DoonW1yDxE— Matthew Carlsen (@mrc8809) October 25, 2015THAT JUST HAPPENED!!! #FSUvsGT pic.twitter.com/5J2qmtO3mk— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 25, 2015Way to swarm, Yellow Jackets! pic.twitter.com/rntVIb7LjP— Georgia Tech (@GeorgiaTech) October 25, 2015Georgia Tech is now 3-5 on the season, but this one has to feel good for the team’s fans.
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Walt Disney Co. is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree, finish a high school diploma or learn a new skill, the entertainment giant said Wednesday.As many as 80,000 hourly workers in the United States could be eligible for the program, which pays upfront tuition for employees taking online classes starting this fall.Disney initially will invest $50 million into the “Disney Aspire” program and up to $25 million a year after that, the company said.“We can’t wait to see what paths our cast members take with Disney Aspire,” the company said in a blog post.Disney joins other large corporations that have begun paying tuition for workers in a job market with historically low unemployment. In May, Walmart said it will offer workers the chance to get a college degree at three universities with online programs.Starbucks partnered with Arizona State University to offer tuition coverage for U.S. workers earning a bachelor’s degree.Disney is rolling out its program in phases, with the first limited to online classes. In-classroom courses could be added if there’s demand for them, a spokeswoman said.Disney’s program is being administered by Guild Education, the same Denver-based firm operating Walmart’s program.
TORONTO, ON – Canadian country legend and multiple JUNO Award winner George Canyon announced today he will be embarking on a national Canadian tour with hit-makers Doc Walker and Charlie Major. The ‘Hit After Hit’ tour will begin April 18th in Camrose, AB, and wrap in Barrie, ON on May 25th, making stops in more than 30 towns and cities along the way.Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. MST. Tickets are priced at $55.00, and $60.00 plus applicable fees. There will be a special listener pre-sale on Thursday, March 7. Sign up for the newsletter at www.energetictickets.ca to receive the pre-sale access code. Tickets may be purchased online at www.energetictickets.ca, by phoning the Lido at (250) 785-3011, and in person at Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet on 100 ST.Hot off the heels of his 2018 release ‘Southside of Heaven’, George’s new single ‘Out Of This Town’ from his forthcoming EP produced by Scott Cooke, was released to all digital platforms on February 22nd and hits radio airwaves March 8th. Canyon rose to become one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars in the early 2000’s and has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. He has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, and was recently presented a certified Platinum Award for his debut album ‘One Good Friend’. With country hits like Just Like You, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more, he is also a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.Charlie Major is a true Canadian legend. He has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone and has been the recipient of 3 Juno Awards and 7 CCMA Awards. Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Major holds the distinction of having six consecutive #1 hits (every single released) off his debut album prior to the inception of BDS.Canada’s Manny Blu made his debut with the release of his first single “X on my Heart” earlier this year. Currently preparing to release his premiere EP Leave It Like It Is in summer 2019, Manny is eagerly awaiting the chance to share his new music with the world.
Wolverhampton: Wolves inflicted a second straight defeat on Manchester United on Saturday, outplaying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to secure a 2-1 win and reach the FA Cup semi-finals. United lacked spark throughout and were overcome by an eager Wolves side with two goals in the space of six minutes in the second half from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. Marcus Rashford’s injury-time effort was a mere consolation. Solskjaer had presided over a run of just two defeats in 18 games since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the last eight of the FA Cup. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBut now they have suffered two losses in a row after their Champions League exertions at Paris Saint-Germain. United were favourites but the Midlanders’ form against the top six that has carried them to seventh position in the Premier League gave home fans hope. The early signs were that United, not Wolves, were going to live up to the hype of the warm-up, dominating early possession. The visitors created the first opening when Paul Pogba gained a yard of space in the box and curled wide. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryGoalkeeper John Ruddy was happy to let the ball drift away but was forced to make a falling save to his left soon afterwards when Rashford let fly from 30 yards. Wolves’ first threat came in the 28th minute when Ruben Neves’s low drive was well held by the United goalkeeper Sergio Romero and it was swiftly followed by a better one, Jota failing to connect properly with a volley from Matt Doherty’s centre. United players surrounded referee Martin Atkinson screaming for a penalty in the 37th minute after Diogo Dalot’s hooked shot hit the elbow of Jonny as he turned his back on the ball. But Atkinson was unmoved. The best chance of the half fell to Wolves, two minutes before the break. Neves sent Jota galloping clear for a one-on-one with Romero, but the United goalkeeper beat his curling shot away. United had the first opening of the second half when Rashford got away from Conor Coady on the right side of the box but could only whistle a fierce angled drive a few feet wide. Wolves replied with a rising, diagonal effort from Jimenez that looped comfortably over the bar. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were gaining in confidence however and created two chances that required some superb goalkeeping from Romero. First he reacted sharply to tip over a bullet header from Jimenez from Joao Moutinho’s corner. The Argentine keeper then palmed over a rising chip from Moutinho from 25 yards as Wolves got on top. Wolves scored the goal they had been threatening in the 70th minute. The chance seemed to be lost when Jimenez was forced backwards with his back to goal after being crowded out following a superb run by Moutinho, who breezed through three challenges cutting in from the left. But the Mexican swivelled 180 degrees, after getting a lucky bounce off Pogba and drilled a low shot past Romero. Six minutes later Wolves doubled their lead. Neves sent Jota racing clear on the counter as Wolves broke and the Portuguese left Luke Shaw in a heap before firing an unstoppable left-foot drive inside Romero’s near post. High drama followed when Atkinson showed Victor Lindelof a red card for lunging in on Jota in front of the Wolves dugout. VAR was called and deemed it a booking, allowing the Swedish defender a reprieve. Rashford pulled one back with a shot on the turn in the fifth minute of the five added on, but it was too little, too late. agencies
Kolkata: With an objective to cover 100 per cent of election booths in West Bengal for the fourth phase of polling, there will be deployment of 580 companies of central forces, a senior official said on Thursday. “We expect this will enable us to cover as many as 100 per cent of the polling stations by central forces,” the Election Commission official told PTI. The fourth phase on April 29 will see deployment of over 200 companies more as compared to the number in the third phase. During the first phase, the EC had deputed central forces at 50 per cent of the booths, which was increased to 92 per cent in the third phase of polling held on April 23. On Monday, eight Lok Sabha constituencies – Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum will go to polls. Special emphasis will be given to Asansol, which shares its border with Bihar, an EC source said. Meanwhile, the commission served a showcause notice on Wednesday to Trinamool Congress MLA from Chakdah Ratna Ghosh Kar, for making derogatory remarks in reply to a report sought by the EC, he said. The EC had asked for a report from the District Magistrate of Nadia on April 17, in connection with Ghosh Kar’s alleged objectionable remarks about the central forces. “Her replies to the commission were highly derogatory in nature, and now it (EC) has showcaused her,” the source said.
Week 5 special teams versus Rutgers CB8 Gareon Conley3 Damon ArnetteRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. SAF7 Damon Webb4 Jordan FullerJr.Fr. WR-X80 Noah BrownOR21 Parris Campbell11 Austin MackRs. So.Rs. So.Fr. DT77 Michael Hill 67 Robert Landers Rs. Jr.Fr. CB2 Marshon LattimoreOR12 Denzel WardRs. So.So. PR2 Dontre WilsonOR5 Corey SmithOR4 Curtis SamuelSr.Rs. Sr.Jr. WLB33 Dante BookerOR17 Jerome Baker48 Joe BurgerJr.So.Rs. Sr. C65 Pat Elflein79 Brady TaylorRs. Sr.Rs. So. RG54 Billy Price78 Demetrius KnoxRs. Jr.Rs. So. K92 Tyler Durbin96 Sean NuernbergerSr.Jr. QB16 J.T. Barrett10 Joe BurrowRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. LS49 Liam McCullough44 Aaron MawhirterRs. Fr.Sr. Members of the Ohio State defense bring down Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine during a game on Sept. 17, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorComing off of its bye week, the Ohio State Buckeyes sit at 3-0, staring down its first Big Ten matchup of 2016 versus the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The rest over the bye week was earned by the Buckeyes after throttling the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma, a week and a half ago, but that rest came at a price.Redshirt freshman linebacker Justin Hilliard tore his bicep, underwent surgery and will sit out the remainder of the season. Redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill also suffered an injury that required surgery. Hill went down with a high ankle sprain and will miss three-to-four weeks.Junior linebacker Dante Booker is expected back in the rotation at linebacker after missing the last two games with an MCL issue.Week 5 offense versus Rutgers LG73 Michael Jordan69 Matthew BurrellFr.Rs. Fr. SLB35 Chris Worley17 Jerome BakerRs. Jr.So. WR-Z83 Terry McLaurinOR82 James Clark9 Binjimen VictorRs. So.Rs. Jr.Fr. DE59 Tyquan Lewis13 Rashod Berry18 Jonathan CooperRs. Jr.Rs. Fr.Fr. SAF24 Malik Hooker34 Erick SmithRs. So.Jr. RT59 Isaiah Prince76 Branden BowenSo.Rs. Fr. MLB5 Raekwon McMillan38 Craig FadaJr.Rs. Sr. WR5 Corey SmithOR1 Johnnie DixonRs. Sr.Rs. So. LT 74 Jamarco Jones75 Evan LisleOR63 Kevin WoidkeJr.Rs. Jr.So. Week 5 defense versus Rutgers H-Back4 Curtis SamuelOR2 Dontre WilsonJr.Sr. DE6 Sam Hubbard OR11 Jayln Holmes 97 Nick Bosa Rs. So.Jr.Fr. TE85 Marcus Baugh88 A.J. AlexanderRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. KR2 Dontre WilsonOR82 James ClarkOR1 Johnnie DixonSr.Rs. Jr.Rs. So. RB25 Mike WeberOR4 Curtis Samuel2 Dontre WilsonRs. Fr.Jr.Sr. DT86 Dre’Mont JonesOR53 Davon Hamilton Rs. Fr.Rs. Fr. P95 Cameron JohnstonSr.
Sometimes in life we are faced with difficult choices. I’m talking about the provocative kind of ‘What If?’ questions that your professors pose to you in class on morally ambiguous issues, the things that poke holes in previously held, ironclad ethical beliefs. For those comics buffs out there, think of the ending of Alan Moore’s fantastic graphic novel ‘The Watchmen.’Today’s perplexing problem is this: If you were forced to choose between the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan to be gutted by possible NCAA sanctions, which would you choose?First, some history is in order.Recent thorn in Ohio State’s side, USC, is facing all sorts of potential trouble. The issues started when questions began surfacing about past USC Heisman Trophy-winning running back and future Mr. Kim Kardashian, Reggie Bush. Bush has been accused by two would-be sports marketers of accepting a car, cash and a lavish home for his parents in return for a business partnership once Bush turned pro.According to these two men, when it became clear that Bush had no intentions of following through with his end of the bargain, the businessmen filed a civil suit that brought all the dirty laundry to light.Then there is the case of another USC tailback, Joe McKnight. He was allegedly seen driving an SUV registered to businessman Scott Schenter. According to reports, Schenter owned a company which had registered the domain name 4joemcknight.com.Apparently the USC practice facility parking lot looks an awful lot like the lot outside a typical Jay-Z party—unusual for college kids living on a small stipend.Add to this the already-proven improper benefits accepted by former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo and you have the beginnings of what is known as “a lack of institutional control.” This is often the first note in the death knell of some universities’ athletic programs. At the very least, it can lead to a loss in number of scholarships or the vacating of wins or titles.In the case of Michigan, the infractions appear to be far less serious and yet, could have greater ramifications for OSU’s football program.According to the findings of the NCAA investigation, already-embattled Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez violated NCAA rules by failing to comply with practice time rules. He allegedly allowed members of his staff to improperly conduct and monitor ‘voluntary’ summer workouts.While this may sound trivial to most, in conjunction with his failings on the field, Rodriguez is under heavy fire from not only the NCAA, but his own fan base. This is the first time in the storied history of UM’s football program that there having been allegations of impropriety, and UM’s snooty alumni are all up-in-arms.Apparently the wine-and-cheese crowd at the Big House has short memories and has already forgotten about the basketball banners that were unceremoniously removed from the rafters of their hoops arena following the Fab Five debacle.So there you have it. Who would you rather see laid low by the heavy-hand of the NCAA infractions committee? The Trojans who ruined what could have been a magical season long before the Purdue Boilermakers got their chance to, or archrival Michigan, who Buckeyes bear the deepest of enmity for?It’s like choosing between steak and lobster or paper and plastic: nearly impossible. It’s like choosing between Todd Boeckman and Terrelle Pryor. Okay, maybe that’s a bad example.Part of me would like to pick USC, but I’ve come to realize that most of the reasons I held them in contempt revolved around their jerkishly smug former coach Pete Carroll. But with the grim specter of possible sanctions hovering over his head like the sword of Damocles, he bolted for the rainy gloom of Seattle.The other part, the one that has hues of scarlet and gray, wants to select Michigan. My disgust for the maize and blue has grown since the hiring of Rodriguez, and I’d like nothing more than to see him looking for work. However, that may not serve the long-term interests of Buckeye fans.His grating personality and fish-out-of-water offensive attack may be just the thing to keep us in a position of dominance in the Big Ten for years to come.Faced with a choice like this, I guess I’m gonna have to be a “have your cake and eat it too” kind of guy. I say to hell with ‘em both.
AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that defender Leonardo Bonucci may actually be leaving the club this summerThe Milan captain had only arrived at the San Siro last summer from Juventus, but he has recently become concerned over the quality of the team and the ongoing financial uncertainty with the club having recently been taken over by American hedge fund Elliott Management after owner Li Yonghong’s failure to repay his debts.And Bonucci is now seriously contemplating his future at Milan with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain among the clubs interested in signing the 31-year-old this summer.“I’ve spoken to Leo [Bonucci] and you need to be honest and say things as they are,” said Gattuso as stated on the Daily Mirror.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Leo had a meeting with me, but I am not the club and he needs to talk to the directors.“It will be up to Leo and the club to decide, but I hope that Bonucci can stay here. I think that when a player expresses a desire, the coach must do all he can to convince him to stay.”Bonucci made a total of 51 appearances for Milan in all competitions last season.