first_imgAt the 2004 National 18 Years Championships players will be vying for a position in the 18 years Australian teams that will compete at the 2nd Youth World Cup at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast from January 19-23 2005. “The Youth World Cup is a good stepping stone for our young players and a guide to how much depth we have in our juniors,” said National Director of Elite programs Cathy Gray. The 10 selectors at this years tournament will be selecting three squads for the Youth World Cup. Around 16 players will be chosen in Mens, Womens and Mixed squads. These players will be invited into the squads and once they have accepted, the squads will be announced nationally. The squads will then attend a selection training camp, held at Runaway Bay from November 12-14 2004. The selectors at these 2004 National 18 Years Championships will be assisted by members of the Elite Program Panel, including Australian Mixed Open Assistant Coach, Wayne Bambury. Selectors and coaches will be looking for players who are not only skillful, but fast and agile enough to match the strong New Zealand teams. “The natural skill and agility of the New Zealand players was obvious at the last Youth World Cup, but with their skills developing rapidly, the gap between the teams is closing,” said Ms Gray. Australia has a near perfect record at the tournament after winning four of the six titles on offer at the first Youth World Cup, held in New Zealand in 2001. Australia claimed the title in all three 18 Years divisions and also the Womens 20 Years division, but lost both the Mens and Mixed 20 years divisions to the New Zealanders. With a national title on offer, and Youth World Cup selection on the line, our 18 Years players have a huge few days ahead of them in Coffs Harbour. By Lisa Plummer.last_img read more

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University Games Results

first_imgIn Sydney, Macquarie University hosted the East Coast Challenge where Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed divisions were contested. University of Sydney, Cumberland claimed both Men’s and Women’s titles with the Australian College of Physical Education winning the Mixed.At the South Challenge in Melbourne, the University of Canberra claiming both gold and silver in the Mixed division. Beach Touch was the name of the game for the Gold Coast Challenge with Queensland University of Technology (Men’s) and Griffith University, Gold Coast (Mixed) having comprehensive victories in their respective divisions. East Coast Challenge at Meadowbank ParkWomen’sGold Medal Game: University of Sydney, Cumberland (8) defeated Australian National University (1)MixedGold Medal Game: Australian College of Physical Education (5) defeated University of Wollongong (2)Bronze Medal Game: University of Technology, Sydney (7) defeated University of Sydney (5)Men’sGold Medal Game: University of Sydney, Cumberland (4) defeated Newcastle University (3)Bronze Medal Game: Australian National University (10) defeated Macquarie University (2)Gold Coast Challenge at Surfers BeachfrontMixedGold Medal Game: Queensland University of Technology (14) defeated University of Sunshine Coast (1)Bronze Medal Game: Griffith University, Gold Coast (3) defeated University of Southern Queensland (2)Men’sGold Medal Game: Griffith University, Gold Coast (8) defeated Queensland University of Technology (0)Bronze Medal Game: University of Canberra 2 (4) defeated Southern Cross University (3) South Challenge at Princes ParkMixedGold Medal Game: University of Canberra (6) defeated University of Canberra 2 (3)Bronze Medal Game: Deakin University (6) defeated Victoria University (5)last_img read more

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Will Turner excel at next level

As expected, Ohio State junior point guard Evan Turner announced Wednesday that he will enter the NBA draft. The announcement marked the end of his time at OSU, and the focus now turns to Turner’s life as a professional basketball player.After withdrawing from classes, Turner will begin preparing himself for the draft, which will take place on June 24. The first step will likely be hiring an agent, and then presumably select a location to train, something that Turner says shouldn’t be too difficult of a decision.“I haven’t really fully selected an agent yet because I just made the decision last night,” Turner said. “I’m not sure where I’m going to work out or anything like that, but anywhere where there’s a rim and a ball that’s fine.”OSU coach Thad Matta said he spoke with NBA scouts and that they had plenty of good things to say about Turner. Matta couldn’t say specifically where scouts told him Turner would be drafted.“I think he’s going to be in really good shape,” Matta said. “They love a lot of things about his game.”The consensus is that Turner will be at least a top three pick, and possibly be drafted behind only Kentucky’s John Wall, who also declared for the draft Wednesday. As such a high pick, it is likely, if not definite, that Turner will play for one of the league’s worst teams.Depending on how the draft plays out, Turner could end up in a New Jersey Nets uniform, a team that may end the year with 70 losses. For someone who Matta said is one of the most competitive players he’s ever coached, the futility may be difficult to handle.But Turner said it is just all part of the process.“I don’t plan on losing, but if it happens I always say you have to pay your dues,” Turner said. “The most important part is learning from your losses. You have to have confidence and be committed to the mission.”The question remains, however, what position will the Buckeye point guard play in the NBA?In his first two years at OSU, Turner played mostly forward before making the move to the point. The lack of a true point guard on the Buckeye roster may have forced the move, but Turner thrived at the position en route to winning a bevy of national awards.With his size and myriad of skills on the offensive end, however, the possibility remains that he could play a number of different positions. Turner said he doesn’t know what position he expects to play, but he doesn’t plan on preparing any differently.“I just think I’m a basketball player,” Turner said. “I don’t know, I’m not the coach and I don’t know what type of coach or staff I’m going to have.“I’m just going to do the same thing I’ve been doing, be the first one in the gym and the last one out of it.” read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball set for Kentucky in 2nd round of NCAA

Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe waits to serve during a game against Lipscomb on Dec. 5 in Lexington, Ky., during the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Chris Slack / Lantern photographerLEXINGTON, Ky. — Ohio State and Kentucky have not played one another since the Wildcats defeated the Buckeyes in four sets in the 2012 NCAA women’s volleyball tournament, in Lexington, Ky.But after two years have gone by, each team has changed. And with that comes a chance at redemption.OSU and Kentucky are scheduled to square off Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament after the Buckeyes swept Lipscomb on Friday.The No. 13 Wildcats were 15-3 in the 2014-15 regular season at Memorial Coliseum, but against ranked competition, things didn’t go their way.Playing five ranked teams this season, the Wildcats went 1-4, including a 1-2 record against ranked opponents at home. Their losses at home came to then-No. 6 USC and then-No. 7 Florida, while they swept then-No. 22 Texas A&M at home on Oct. 5.The No. 18 Buckeyes are 4-7 against ranked opponents on the season, and were 1-5 on the road in those games. Their lone ranked win on the road came against then-No. 8 Nebraska on Oct. 4 in five-sets.Now with OSU and the Wildcats set to face-off on Kentucky’s home court, both teams will have to adjust after playing a night earlier.“Fatigue is always something I worry about,” Buckeye coach Geoff Carlston said. “But I think we’ve done a pretty good job as a group of coaches, to taper a little bit, in terms of how we’re lifting and how we’re going about the length of practices … it’s a necessity in the Big Ten. So I think our team is pretty fresh.  We’re as healthy as we’ve been, for a long time, so the kids will be ready.”OSU hasn’t played in a back-to-back since Nov. 7-8, when it faced Maryland and Rutgers. On the other side, the Wildcats haven’t played in a back-to-back, since they played in the Carolina Classic Sept. 12-13.Kentucky coach Craig Skinner said his team can adjust to the Buckeyes’ style of play, even though they haven’t played them this year.“Because we’ve gone through game plans thirty- some times this year, there’s going to be a lot of things that we’re going to say that they’ve already done,” Skinner said. “We’re not going to tell them things that they haven’t executed before. There’s not enough turnaround time. We’re going to give them information that we’ve executed on certain teams in the past, and let us go after it, see where it falls.Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal commented on the possibility of OSU and the Wildcats playing before the second match Friday, between Kentucky and Oakland. One thing he said OSU needed to pay attention to is the play of Wildcats’ middle blockers.“I think that what you’ve seen out of Kentucky, as of late, especially with (freshman middle blocker) Kaz Brown, is more middle play and a lot more middle attacks,” Rosenthal said. “And I think that Ohio State’s gonna have to focus on that a little bit more. Obviously, everybody wants to focus on (senior outside hitter Lauren) O’Conner and what she can do. I think that’s gonna be fun to see as the outsides go at it. (Junior outside hitter Shelby) Workman on the outside does a real nice job.”Against the Golden Grizzlies, O’Conner led all players in kills with 14, followed by Brown with 10.  Workman provided six digs and three kills.One category that the Wildcats seemed to struggle in against the Golden Grizzlies, was service errors, in which the team had 11.The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. read more

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Track and Field Ohio State prepares for one of years fastest meets

The Ohio State track and field team will not send its full roster for a second consecutive meet when it competes in the Meyo Invitational against 37 teams in South Bend, Indiana, on Friday and Saturday.Ohio State’s men’s team will be without senior Nick Demaline, senior Zack Bazile, freshman Eric Harrison Jr. and junior Nick Gray during the meet. The women’s team will not send junior Sade Olatoye, junior Mikaela Seibert or senior Karrington Winters to the invite.During last weekend’s meet at the Armory Invitational, Ohio State did not send its distance runners or pole vaulters to compete.  For the distance runners, missing last week was part of a strategy for the overall season, said distance coach Sara Vergote. Senior distance runner Christine Frederick said it was nice to have a hard workout without having to go at the same speed as she might have during a race.The Speed of MeyoThe Meyo Invitational could be the place for many Buckeyes to set personal records.“Anytime you go to a big meet like this the races are fast and they are set up to be fast,” Vergote said. Frederick and nine other Buckeyes set their season bests at last year’s Meyo Invitational. Women’s team scheduleSenior Chantel Ray is scheduled to run first for the Buckeyes in the 60-meter hurdle prelims at 4:30 p.m. Friday.The women’s distance-medley-relay, which placed third at the Kentucky Invitational, will be running at 7:05 p.m. Friday.Sophomore Taylor DeLoach, sophomore Tamani Wilson, senior Maggie Barrie and senior Beatrice Hannan are set to run in different preliminary heats in the 200-meter dash, starting at 7:35 p.m. Friday.Frederick will run in the women’s 3,000-meter run at 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Senior Madison Roberts and sophomore Megan Hoffman will pole vault at noon Saturday.Wilson will compete in the women’s 400-meter dash at 2:20 p.m. Saturday. Barrie and Hannah will also be in 400-meter dash, competing in the same heat as Margaret Bamgbose, who ran for Nigeria in the 2016 Olympics. Men’s team scheduleFreshman Tavonte Mott will run in the men’s 60-meter hurdles and the 60-meter dash Friday. Senior Duan Asemota will compete in the same preliminary heat with Mott in the men’s 60-meter dash.Junior Coty Cobb and senior Cole Gorski will pole vault at 5 p.m. Friday night.Senior Mitch Leitch, senior Jake Mandel and senior Clayton Bowie will run in the men’s 500-meter race for the first time this season at 6:25 p.m. Friday. Junior Kyle McKinney, sophomore Brent Carroll and freshman Tyrese Fajardo will compete in the men’s 40-meter dash at 12:25 p.m. Saturday.For most of the sprinters, Saturday’s schedule of events will be based on Friday’s results.The Meyo Invitational will be streamed on WatchESPN from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Kroos is Germanys key player – Matthäus

first_imgGermany legend Lothar Matthäus believes that Toni Kroos will be the key player for the national side as they bid to retain their World Cup title this summerThe 28-year-old has just recently won his fifth Champions League title after Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Liverpool in Kiev last month and has become an integral member of the Spanish giants in his four years at the club.Matthäus, who won the 1990 World Cup with Germany, believes that Kroos can inspire the national team to retain their world title at Russia.“I think at this moment a key player is Toni Kroos,” Matthäus told the Bundesliga website.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“He’s won the Champions League four times. Three times in a row with Real Madrid. One time before with Bayern. I think he’s full of confidence. He’s coming to the tournament and he’d like to show that it’s not only possible to win titles with Real, he will win with the German team too. He can make the difference.”The 57-year-old welcomed the return of captain Manuel Neuer, who he rates as the “best goalkeeper in the world”.“We have good attackers. We have pretty much the best goalkeeper in the world [Manuel Neuer],” he said. “I think the team has good balance and good options from the bench, and this makes Germany one of the favourites.”Germany are in Group F and will face Mexico in the opening game of their World Cup campaign on Sunday.last_img read more

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Croatia boss fears Sterling as Englands dangerman

first_imgDespite the recent criticism that has surrounded him following his displays for England at the World Cup, Raheem Sterling is the player that Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic fears the most ahead of their semi-final matchThe Manchester City winger has failed to find the back of the net for England in nearly three years and was subjected to a lot of abuse and criticism following his inability to score in the national side’s 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday.Former England internationals David Beckham and Gary Neville have since sprung to Sterling’s defence and the 23-year-old appears to have gained a new valuable ally in the form of Dalic.The 51-year-old specifically named Sterling as the biggest obstacle that Croatia must overcome in Wednesday’s semi-final clash with England.“I wouldn’t say there are any glaring weaknesses – they are in the semi-finals, that says it all,” Dalic said on England’s weaknesses, via Evening Express.“They showed from the games I’ve seen so far that they play direct football and they are very fast.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are dangerous at corners.“I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really dangerous.”He added: “They dealt with Sweden relatively easily so we know they are going to be a difficult opponent and we respect them,”“But we believe in our strengths, too. We don’t fear England or anybody else.”Croatia and England will play at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday at 20:00 (GMT +2) for a place in the World Cup final against either France or Belgium.last_img read more

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Guardiola remains obstinate on his style of play

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has vowed never to change his tactics despite losing two games on the spin.City are ten points behind League leaders Liverpool after suffering shock defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester City. But they have a game in hand with a tricky trip to Southampton the next.But Guardiola was defiant about his tactics and gameplan suggesting the poor run of form will not force his hands into changes.“That is not going to happen. It has not happened in the first years and it is not going to happen,” he said via FourFourTwo.“Why should I change? Because I lost two games? No way. That is not going to happen.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Guardiola said he understood questions would come over his style, but added he worked quickly to work out his team’s problems.“Last season, I knew that when we were going to lose, we were going to doubt again that this is the right way,” he said.“It happened in Barcelona, where it was stable, or Bayern Munich, where we won a lot of titles but I failed because I did not win the Champions League.“I know that’s how it works in that situation, but I’m not concerned.“When it happens, I’m a little sad and depressed for five, 10, 15 minutes and after I charge the batteries and discover why. Why do we lose? The same way as when we win. The game is nice for that: Why? why?”last_img read more

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Public Schools to Reopen on Tuesday

first_img Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Related Items:#magneticmedianews, bahamas, Reopen, schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 9, 2017 – Nassau – Based on advice from the MET Office, The Ministry of Education in the Bahamas have made the following announcements:Teachers and administrators on the island have been given the ‘all clear’ by the National Emergency Management Agency and The Bahamas MET Office. They are asked to report to work on September 11 at the regularly scheduled time.The only exceptions being the islands where evacuations have taken place.Students should return to school on Tuesday, September 12. Again, with the exceptions being the islands where evacuations have taken place.Hurricane warnings are still in effect for Bimini and Grand Bahama, therefore schools on those islands will remain closed until further notice.The Ministry of Education says it is taking the necessary precautions to make sure students and staff are fit to return to school.last_img read more

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