@Eden_RichardsThe New South Wales Scorpions are one win away from a fairytale Women’s Elite Eight title after a comfortable 5-1 win over the Alliance in the second semi-final at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.It’s been a long road for the Scorpions after they went through their 2016 campaign winless, struggling against well-drilled opponents.But 12 months later they have the opportunity to complete the ultimate turnaround by beating the champion Brisbane Broncos in the decider.The Broncos are aiming to go back-to-back-to-back after taking home the 2015 and the 2016 Elite Eight titles, but they will face stiff opposition and will be made to work for every touchdown if they are to succeed in 2017.They defeated the Queensland Titans 6-2 in the first semi-final â€“ sending a message to the Scorpions that they will not be easily beaten.It was a great grand final warm-up for the Broncos who looked on song from the get-go and they will need to keep this standard up if they are to defeat the Scorpions.Interestingly, the Broncosâ€™ only defeat in this tournament was against the Scorpions in Round 4 of the competition.The Scorpions won that match 7-4 and in the process proved that the Broncos can be beaten.Yasmin Meakes and captain Laura Peattie starred in that clash, scoring two touchdowns apiece in a great team performance.Meakes will be pivotal in the grand final after leading the competition with 16 touchdowns to date.It will be a showdown between the Scorpions star and Cowboy Mary McLean who has also joined Meakes at the 16 mark, with both ladies having a knack for finding the line with right of reply left with Meakes in the final.The grand final will begin at 6:00pm at C.ex Coffs International Stadium and it promises to be a great contest with plenty of Australian international stars on show and international jerseys on the line.
Everton plan bids for Bournemouth striker Wilson, Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are aiming for a busy January market.The Daily Express says manager Marco Silva has been forced to utilise Richarlison up front, with Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse not trusted to lead the line.And director of football Marcel Brands wants to secure another goal-getter’s signature in the new year.Callum Wilson has been lined up after impressing at Bournemouth.While Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is on Everton’s radar too with his loan spell at Valencia potentially set to be cancelled. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona learn buyout clause of Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinezby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are exploring the prospect of prising Lautaro Martinez away from Inter Milan.Barca captain Leo Messi is a fan of his Argentina teammate and has recommended the striker to the board.Corriere dello Sport says Barca are weighing up a January move for Martinez, who they see as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.And making matters easy for the Spanish giants is the buyout clause that exists in his contract.Barca have learned they can land Martinez for €111m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)If you’re a college football fan – or, really, anyone who is not a coach – and you’re thinking about contacting a recruit, just stop. Don’t do it. Whether you’re simply trying to encourage a recruit to come to your school or berating a prospect for committing elsewhere, you’re 99 percent of the time going to come off in ill form to the 17-or-18-year-old high schooler. The following Alabama fan is someone who, unfortunately, does not follow the advice previously stated. This person somehow got the phone number of four-star linebacker Darrell Williams, an Auburn commit, and proceeded to text him about the Crimson Tide. We realize you’re passionate about your college football teams, people, and that’s why we love you, but please, don’t ever text a recruit.
The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has revised its record updating application forms as part of efforts to improve customer service delivery. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has revised its record updating application forms as part of efforts to improve customer service delivery.The forms that have been modified are those used for re-registration, late entry of names, late registration of births and deaths and correction of error, whether births, deaths or marriages.The RGD’s Customer Care Manager, Trudy Edwards, told JIS News that the entity has commenced issuing the revised forms at all its offices, but will continue accepting the old forms up to October 1, 2019, when they will be phased out.Mrs. Edwards further noted that, beginning May 1, 2019, only the revised forms will be available on the RGD’s website at www.rgd.gov.jm.She pointed out that the forms have been revised to provide customers with additional information through a step-by-step guide to the various application processes.The forms detail requirements for the application process, including documents that should be submitted to the RGD, procedures to complete same, and whether interviews are required, among other things.“The RGD seeks to improve the customer experience by providing all users of our services with the relevant details to assist them in preparing their application and to ensure that they have the right documents when they do visit our offices,” Ms. Edwards highlighted.She added that the new forms will assist in reducing the number of visits persons would be required to make to the RGD in trying to determine documents required or how to treat with a particular situation or matter.“For example, for the applicant who seeks to add the father’s particulars, there is now clarity in terms of the different scenarios, such as if the father is deceased, what would the applicant do, if the mother is deceased or cannot be located, how would that matter be dealt with. So we guide them accordingly,” the Customer Care Manager explained.She further cited that in the case of correction of error, the revised form lists the main supporting documents that are required and also gives detail on the categories of persons who would be accepted as declarants.“On the forms, we also still feature the ‘important points to remember’ because we do have some customers who want to do a last-minute check in submitting the required documents. We still offer the prices, and if it is that a particular case is one that is outside the norm, we guide the customer, step by step, what it is that they need to do,” she outlined.“So we have been hearing the complaints of our customers, and one of the complaints we would have received over the years would be whether, in attending each of our offices, information is similar across the board. We have now armed our customers with more information, as this whole revision is to improve the customer experience and ensure that all our offices speak the same language, as it is one voice, one agency,” Ms. Edwards asserted.For more information, persons may visit the RGD’s website at www.rgd.gov.jm; send email to [email protected]; or at Facebook.com/rgd.jamaica; or contact the Marketing and Planning Department at (876) 619-1260 ext. 6111-3 and 6104. The forms that have been modified are those used for re-registration, late entry of names, late registration of births and deaths and correction of error, whether births, deaths or marriages. Story Highlights The RGD’s Customer Care Manager, Trudy Edwards, told JIS News that the entity has commenced issuing the revised forms at all its offices, but will continue accepting the old forms up to October 1, 2019, when they will be phased out.
CJ.T. Realmuto4.0–5.8– LFAndrew McCutchen2.4–4.2– * A player’s established level of WAR is based on a weighted average of his WAR the previous three seasons.Stats as of May 6, 2019.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs.com PosPlayerEstablishedLevel*Actual RFBryce Harper3.1–3.0– Bryce Harper’s first couple of weeks in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform could scarcely have gone better. Harper introduced himself to his new team — and its infamously passionate fan base — with a .333 average, four home runs and a 1.299 on-base plus slugging in his first 10 games of 2019. Along with such pro-Philly acts as donning Phanatic cleats and ringing the bell at a Sixers game, it was a great first impression for Harper to make after inking what is now the second-richest contract in baseball history.But just like he did last season, Harper has followed up that red-hot start with an ice-cold slump. Since April 10, Harper is hitting .187 with a .632 OPS, including a .617 OPS in the past two weeks and a .477 mark in the past seven days. And despite all of his attempts to endear himself to teammates and fans, he’s already been criticized by Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta for getting himself ejected from a game, and he was booed at Citizens Bank Park last week.Harper is a streaky player, and he’ll break out of this stretch soon enough. More importantly, the Phillies haven’t suffered too much despite Harper’s issues. The team is still .500 since April 10, it still leads the NL East, and our projections call for it to finish with the NL’s fifth-best record. Harper hasn’t remotely been the Phillies’ best player; he hasn’t even been the team’s best offseason acquisition. According to wins above replacement,1Averaging together the versions from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Philly has gotten far more out of new catcher J.T. Realmuto, left fielder Andrew McCutchen and shortstop Jean Segura than it has out of Harper so far. Harper was merely one of the Phillies’ top pickupsAmong top four offseason pickups for the Philadelphia Phillies, preseason established* and actual wins above replacement in 2019 WAR per 162 games SSJean Segura3.9–3.8– That may not last, but it was always going to be much closer to the case than you might expect from the breathless coverage Harper’s free agency received this winter. Harper is not Mike Trout; a few of the fellow newcomers listed above actually had more WAR last season than Harper did. He is a piece of Philly’s potential postseason puzzle — perhaps even the most important one — but he’s just one of multiple talented pieces.Even so, the Phillies should be encouraged that Harper’s extremely poor defensive metrics — the single biggest drag on his WAR last year — have, predictably, reverted toward his pre-2018 form. According to an average of the fielding values found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs, Harper has been an average outfielder in the early going this season, albeit with some disagreement between the two sources.2Just like last season, Baseball-Reference is lower this year on Harper’s defense than FanGraphs is. The reality is that Harper is probably a below-average defensive outfielder — but nowhere near as bad as some of his 2018 numbers made him out to be.So once Harper’s hitting numbers start ticking up again — his batted-ball metrics are better than his stats would indicate, and his exit velocity ranks among the top quarter of MLB hitters — he’ll quickly rise up in the Phillies’ WAR pecking order. It’s concerning that Harper’s strikeout-to-walk ratio is his worst since 2014, but FanGraphs still projects him to put up the majors’ sixth-best OPS over the rest of the season. The boos will turn into cheers before long.Of course, Philly fans expecting Trout-like production from Harper will still inevitably be disappointed (and maybe the free-agency hype did drive expectations in that direction). A more reasonable outlook would have expected Harper to be one of the driving forces behind the Phillies’ improvement — just not the sole one. Given that the rest of the team has played pretty well despite Harper’s up-and-down start, Philadelphia’s postseason aspirations should be stronger than ever when he heats up again.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
In an exclusive blog for the Manchester United website, Rashford shares his memories and experience of playing in the Manchester derby.Manchester United visit the Etihad on Sunday for a mouthwatering derby, and Jose Mourinho’s team will go into the game high on confidence after their 2-1 victory away at Juventus on Wednesday.Ahead of the game, Rashford wrote on the United website, sharing what the derby means to him.“I just love playing in the derby. There is a different feel around the city, and the way my friends speak leading up to the game is always different to other games.” Rashford said.“My family are the same. When it’s derby day, my brother just doesn’t speak! He is just tuned into the game and everyone just keeps themselves to themselves.“Derby day has always been a massive day in my family. There was always a get-together of sorts at my house when I was younger, including the one City fan in my family – my uncle.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“So it’s always all of us against him! [Laughs] Going to the derby games means you get the full experience and the full day out.“When you watch it on TV, it’s completely different to when you watch it at the ground. The atmosphere and the feeling is second to none when you’re there, but I still have great memories of watching on TV with my family.“The rivalry has always been huge between the two teams, I remember that from coming up through the ranks at United. I think I played in my first derby at nine years old and it felt different, it was special.“When I first joined the club, we had players from all over the country playing for United, there was a group of about 30 or 35 of us and, even though some weren’t from Manchester when they played in that game, it just had a different feel to it. It’s something that the Academy players here are well prepared for so you’re always ready when you step into that environment.“I’ll never forget Wazza’s overhead-kick [at Old Trafford in 2011]. That was probably one of the most entertaining derbies I have ever watched. For me personally, to score the winner there [at the Etihad in 2016] was the biggest feeling in my career. Obviously, winning trophies is always your aim but I’d say on a personal note that was the biggest feeling I’ve had.”
Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has hailed Mourinho as an “amazing human being” and disclosed how the former United manager called to support him after the death of Bradley Lowery.Defoe was close with Bradley Lowery while he was playing for Sunderland last year and the six-year-old battled with neuroblastoma.Lowery died in July 2017 after a lengthy battle with the rare form of cancer.“Not many people know this – I remember going through my stuff with Bradley and he (Jose) called me out of the blue,” Defoe told Sky Sports after Mourinho’s sacking by Manchester United on Tuesday.“He said ‘how are you? How’s Bradley’s family?’ I was quite taken aback and really surprised.“Away from football, he’s an amazing human being. I wish him well for the future.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“If I’m totally honest, I’ve been a little bit surprised with some of the negativity that’s surrounded his name. Not just now but for the whole season, and maybe even last season.“I’m one of those people – and it doesn’t matter what sport it is – I always appreciate greatness. I think he’s one of the greats.“He’s a legend and at the end of the day, some things just don’t work out. As players, you go to clubs and it just doesn’t work out.“Looking forward, maybe he’ll take a break and we’ll see what happens. But I’m sure he won’t be short of options.”
The Portuguese manager believes his team was well focused on the victory in order to avoid any surprises in the 2019 Asian Cup.After many surprises, India winning 4-1 against Thailand, and defending champions Australia losing to Jordan, Iran didn’t want to repeat any of these mistakes.Iran defeated Yemen 5-0 after a brilliant showcase from their players, and manager Carlos Queiroz has explained why they won.“I really want to congratulate my players for the way they played,” he told Fox Sports Asia.“We are still at the beginning though and we are certainly not looking at results elsewhere as it is really none of our business.”Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“Having said that, some of the games we have seen so far have been, to be honest, a great lesson for Iran,” he added.“I told my players that they had to focus on their first game, and some of the early results have proved that if you don’t play with focus any team [here in the UAE] can beat another.”“The match was a typical first game at a [major] competition as some players started a little nervously,” he explained.“However, I think after we began with such a high intensity, we started to force Yemen into mistakes and we were able to use that to our advantage.”