Tompkins Claim First Men’s Open CrownThe Tompkins Park Sharks have claimed their first ever Men’s Open trophy, claiming the 2009 Be Active Super League crown with a dominant 9 – 5 victory over Perth Brothers in Perth tonight (Sun 8th Nov).Hosting the finals series, Tompkins Park flew out of the blocks to take a 3 – 0 lead in just the first three minutes, and although Brothers never lost touch with the Sharks, the home side always looked in control of the match, after taking a 7 – 2 lead into half time.In the Women’s Open division, Northern Districts made it back to back Super League victories, defeating Perth Brothers 5 – 3 in the final.Surprisingly to some, Shelley Matcham donned heavy protection to her knee and contributed to the win, while fellow Australian representative Zoe Aiken-Dacey took control in the middle of the ground.Earlier in the day, the Fremantle Rebels took the Mixed Open title over Bunbury. Both teams were locked at 4-all at half time, and although Bunbury’s Jeremy Te Uira crossed for four touchdowns in the match, it wasn’t enough to stop Freo from running over the top of the south west team to win 9 – 6.The focus of teams now shifts to the Be Active State Championships, appearing in November for the first time. The State Championships will feature 42 teams and players from around Western Australia from 20th – 22nd November at McGillivray Oval.2009 Be Active Super League – Scores & AwardsMen’s OpenTompkins Park Sharks (9) def Perth Brothers (5).Keith Harris-Walker Medal – Jessie Murphy (Tompkins Park)Finals Referees Karen Woods Brendon Antrobus Tony ArnelWomen’s OpenNorthern Districts Spirit (5) def Perth Brothers (3)Karamea Dorset Medal – Michelle Gilpin (Northern Districts)Finals Referees Phil Galvin Justin Parsons James McMahonMixed OpenFremantle Rebels (9) def Bunbury (6)Finals Referees Richard McIlroy John Bedford John CorserRelated Filesmedia_release_081109-doc
Jonathan Powyer is a high achieving referee with a difference.Jonathan is deaf but this hasn’t stopped him from achieving incredible things in Touch Football. At last weekend’s New South Wales Touch Association Referees Awards night, Jonathan was recognised with an elevation to a state referee, Level 4, currently the highest level a deaf referee has achieved in New South Wales, his next goal will be his Level 5 at the National Touch League.Jonathan is a committee member and one of the driving forces behind Deaf Touch Football, also managing to officiate and play at the Deaf National Championships. The Deaf National Championships is now an annual event with third event being held in Brisbane late last year.Jonathan’s passion for Touch Football has seen him travel around the country, refereeing the sport he loves. With an innate ability to read the game Jonathan’s rise in the refereeing stakes shows no sign of slowing. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Jonathan on his achievement and thank him for his contribution to the game.Related LinksNSW Referee Awards
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is currently seeking to appoint suitably qualified coaches to the vacant coaching and team manager positions within the National Youth Program. The Australian Youth teams will be attending the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman in Australia in January 2020.Expression of Interest ProcessTFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active Elite level coaches and managers to fill the following positions.National Youth Program:Men’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerCoach and Assistant CoachTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for all coaching positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthprogram2020The EOI will include:NameContact DetailsNCAS Coaching LevelPrevious Elite level (only) Coaching ExperienceVarious questions which can be found by clicking the above link.Expressions of interest for these coaching positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March, 2019.Team ManagerTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for the team manager positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthmanager2020Expressions of interest for these positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March 2019.Appointment TermsThe appointment term for these positions will be from date of appointment in 2019 through to completion of all responsibilities after the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman. This campaign will involve attendance by the appointed Coaches and Managers at all team and national selection camps throughout the Trans Tasman preparation.Appointment ConsiderationsAs an Australian coaching staff member there will be a large emphasis on interaction across the program, innovation within coaching and constant professional development. This will require a need for individuals who are willing to participate in a collaborative environment, with high levels of accountability, adherence to improving technical knowledge and a focus on leadership and management.The appointment processes for all volunteers within the HP Program, takes into account the balance of the applicants’ current skills and areas for improvement. In the same way coaches select athletes to fit a role within a team plan, volunteers will be selected and required to full fill the role to deliver success for Touch Football Australia.Outlined below for your information is the prescribed key selection criteria for all volunteer appointments within TFA:Actively work as leaders within the broader organisation, with an ability to promote positive/collaborative working relationships and represent the organisation in a professional manner.Actively promote a positive culture among the appointed group, reflective of the organisation’s expectations for all participants within the sport, and above all else in line with TFA Code of Conduct and other policies.Display an ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.Actively communicate and prepare for specific requirements of the role.Complete agreed assigned tasks to the expected standard of the organisation.Maintain absolute confidence with any confidential or Intellectual Property related information of the organisation.Hold and/or obtain required accreditations to undertake the role.Support TFA in the coordination and development of other volunteers.Aiding in conflict resolution as required.Photography: Phil McIlwraith
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers, Celtic rival Burnley, Huddersfield for Fran Solby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillem II striker Fran Sol is a target for a raft of British clubs.The Mirror says the 26-year-old, currently plying his trade in Holland with Willem II, is one of the Eredivisie’s top-scorers with 12 goals already to his name.Sol is nominally out-of-contract at the end of the season, although there is a one-year option in favour of his club who are certain to activate it given his current form.Celtic and Rangers have both sent scouts to watch him during the past few months.But they are not alone. Burnley, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Leeds, Derby and Swansea have also checked on him.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy with AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy at AC Milan.There’s been claims he will be sold next month.“I’m happy at Milan,” Calhanoglu told DAZN.“I’m happy with [Rino] Gattuso and his staff. I feel at home here in Milan.“The relationship [with Gattuso] is really good, even when he gets angry with me. I accept that, because he’s a good Coach with a winning mentality.“When it happens you’re better off not saying anything, otherwise you’ll get a clip round the ear…”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Rakitic: Valverde must decide his futureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says the players are happy playing for coach Ernesto Valverde.Valverde’s deal is up in the summer but he does have an option to extend it by an additional year. The coach says a decision will be made with the club later in the season.”It’s an issue for the boss and the club [to decide on],” Rakitic said. “We’re really happy with him and the whole coaching setup.”The most normal [scenario] would be that he continues with us, but we have to focus on our job, which is playing and winning football games. Let them [the club and Valverde] decide what’s for the best.”
Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic happy embracing Sarriballby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic admits his game is being transformed under coach Maurizio Sarri.Pjanic says he wants to touch the ball 150 times a game as “playing under Max Allegri was completely different”.“There are obviously things that still to be improved, but I’m convinced that with the passage of time, everything will get better and better,” he said.“My teammates always look for me and I like that. Playing under Allegri was completely different, we immediately looked to get the ball wide.“Now it’s different. In the last few games I’ve tried more forward passes, but it all depends on what the Coach asks of me. I want to get to touching 150 balls per game.“I want to be one of the best midfielders in the world. I’m playing for one of the best teams in the world. I was lucky to grow step by step with the Coaches I had.“Winning helps you improve, and I know I can improve even more. The Juventus players are all ready to reach the highest objectives.“We have an experienced group with players who have won everything, and that aspect helps in certain games. I don’t think it’s a flaw.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loanby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah says that he is constantly in contact with members of the club while on loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old is struggling for game time at the Elland Road club in the Championship.And Nketiah says that he is still focusing on his long term future at Arsenal, which is highlighted by how they are keeping tabs on him during the loan spell.He told reporters: “I speak with Arsenal a lot, I’m in contact with quite a few people in the club, they’re always texting when I’ve done well or things I can do differently but I think it’s good to have that constant feedback from the club, to know you’re still connected with them.”I’m an Arsenal player on loan at Leeds, I feel like they have done really well to keep me involved and happy and I think they’ve been really happy with me so hopefully I can continue the form and go back and get a starting place and kick off from there.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Former Reds star Danny Murphy believes Liverpool are not in danger of losing in-form forward Sadio Mane to Real Madrid despite apparent interest from the Spanish giants.Mane, 27, has enjoyed comfortably his best season in senior football, scoring 22 times in the Premier League to finish joint top-scorer in the division alongside team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Senegal international has been a revelation ever since signing from Southampton in 2016, going on to form a formidable attacking trident with Salah and Roberto Firmino. 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? Mane also chipped in with four goals to help Liverpool reach the Champions League final, which the Reds will contest against Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday.The Spanish capital could be where Mane plays his football permanently next season if reports of Los Blancos’ interest is genuine, though Murphy does not think fans need to worry, particularly if they become European champions for a sixth time.Murphy told Omnisport: “I don’t think they are in danger of losing him and, to be honest, I think he’s happy.Is right, Reds. @MoSalah and Sadio Mane win the 2018/19 @premierleague Golden Boot, after netting 22 goals each. pic.twitter.com/pFWK84aVNh — Liverpool FC (@LFC) 12 May 2019 “He’s loved, he’s scoring, competing for trophies. I know there’s been links with Madrid, but I just don’t see him going or wanting to leave where he is, where he is doing so much good and playing so well and is loved.”Never say never with anybody, but, at the moment in terms of what he’s done this season, would he be a bigger miss than [Philippe] Coutinho? Yes, he would, because his numbers are bigger, he’s more productive and scores more goals. He’s more of a threat.”He’s been brilliant this season. He really has moved on again from last season. He’s stood up and been counted when so many people probably didn’t expect him to compare with the likes of Salah in terms of his goalscoring exploits.”Ideally, if you win, it’s easier to keep a player when you’re champions of Europe, I get that. Why would you want to leave?”But I just don’t think any of them are in that space at the moment, things are so good. Everyone’s playing so well and there’s a nice togetherness, so I don’t see that being a problem, but of course it would help if they won [the Champions League].”Spurs defied the odds in reaching the Champions League final, particularly in their dramatic ties with Manchester City and Ajax – a last-gasp Lucas Moura goal securing a three-goal comeback against the latter.The skipper. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/uY2iYE4YmZ — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 31, 2019 Son Heung-min, Lucas and the fit-again Harry Kane have all impressed in the competition, though Murphy is adamant Liverpool do not need to be hugely worried about Spurs.”I think it’s more the other way around,” Murphy, also an ex-Spurs player, said. “I think for Liverpool, if they carry on playing with the same intensity, momentum and confidence that they have been, Tottenham will be more worried about Liverpool than Liverpool will be about Tottenham.”Liverpool have beaten Tottenham a lot over the last few years. They’ve only lost once to them in the last six or seven years, which is not a great record when you when you look at it.”Liverpool won’t be doing anything other than going into the game with the same confidence – full-backs flying forward, the three forward men will be interchanging, causing problems, running in behind, pressing.”You’ll have the three midfielders who will all just get about the pitch, they know how to condense space and how to press, when to press – they’re a well-oiled machine, Liverpool.”So, Liverpool won’t be too worried about where they stop Tottenham. I mean of course there’s some players you have to get close to at times, but I think with [Virgil] Van Dijk at the back leading them and with how calm and assured he is, it’s not Liverpool who’ll be worried, it’s Tottenham.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Andy Robertson has offered a humble assessment of his achievements at Liverpool to date, with the Scottish full-back saying of his efforts: “I’ve been good but I can always be better”.The 25-year-old has just completed a memorable 2018-19 campaign that ended on a Champions League-winning high.His contribution to the Reds’ cause has been widely heralded, with Robertson registering 13 assists across Premier League and European competition. 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? He has made the £8 million ($10m) that Liverpool paid Hull City for his services look like quite the bargain, but believes there is scope for even more improvement in his game.Robertson told the Reds’ official website: “I think I’ve been good but I can always be better. That’s the way I’ve always worked.”I’ll never praise myself because I think there’s always improvement to be made.”Even when I have a good game, you can still do things better. I’ve had a good season but I still have a lot of improvement to make and hopefully I can show that in the following seasons.”Robertson acknowledged his cause at Liverpool has been aided by those alongside him.He currently forms part of a defensive unit that includes PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk.The Dutchman has been credited with turning the Reds into serious contenders for major prizes on the back of a record-breaking £75m ($94m) transfer, with Robertson one of his many admirers.”He brings everything, in my opinion,” the Liverpool left-back said of a commanding colleague. “He is one of the leaders in the changing room now, he is vocal. He is a lovely person off the pitch. He has been so crucial to what we do.”The players around him have helped; Joel [Matip] has been magnificent when he has been called upon this season, Joe Gomez was different class at the start of the season, and Dejan [Lovren] has obviously played games and stepped up where he has been great.”The central partnerships have been really good this season. Virgil takes all the plaudits but rightly so – he has been on a different level to anyone this season. What he brings on and off the pitch is special.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Lane Kiffin has landed a few transfer quarterbacks during his time at FAU. Another one joined the fold in Boca Raton today.Rafe Peavey, a former Arkansas and SMU quarterback, has joined the FAU program as a graduate transfer. He is immediately eligible to play.According to the Palm Beach Post, Peavey participated in practice with the Owls today, earning reps with the first, second and third units.Also, Peavey’s transfer wouldn’t be complete without a Twitter greeting from his new head coach.Welcome @espn https://t.co/CG88Oy0WWF— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 7, 2018Peavey was a three-star recruit in the class of 2014. He signed with Arkansas, but transferred to SMU in 2016.Last year, Peavey appeared in three games for the Mustanges, completing 4-of-4 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. He joins Oklahoma transfer Chris Robison and former Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson as part of the Owls’ QB competition.Another quarterback, Nick Tronti, transferred to FAU from Indiana this offseason, However, he must sit out this year as per NCAA regulations.FAU will open its 2018 season at Oklahoma on Sept. 1.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DeMarco Murray retired last month, after being cut by the Tennessee Titans. We’ll be seeing him around the sport, but in a different capacity.According to a new report, Murray is the latest former Cowboys star that will enter the football media.Barry Horn, the former sports media columnist for The Dallas Morning News, says that Murray is heading to FOX to be a college football analyst.He broke the DeMarco Murray news via Twitter this afternoon.He says that FOX is set to announce the move soon.Stream of Ex-Cowboys to the booth never ends. Fox set to announce analyst DeMarco Murray joining a college football booth for the upcoming season. You don’t think he landed the job because of his work with the Eagles or Titans do you?— Barry Horn (@bhorn55) August 17, 2018Murray was a star running back at Oklahoma before his NFL career. The Cowboys made him their third round pick in 2011.He played for the team for four years, leading the league in rushing with 1,845 yards in 2014. From there, he spent one year with the Philadelphia Eagles, and two with the Tennessee Titans before his retirement.Murray joins a growing list of recent Cowboy stars in football booths. Tony Romo went from retirement straight to CBS’s top NFL team last fall. Jason Witten is now at ESPN, where he will be part of the Monday Night Football team.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 11: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners observes during warm ups before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated TCU 38-20. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Iowa State vs. Oklahoma is the first Big 12 game for both teams. Oklahoma looks very strong at 2-0, while Iowa State is coming off of a loss to rival Iowa.The Sooners haven’t missed a beat from last season, so far. Kyler Murray is playing himself into the Heisman conversation.Unfortunately, during OU’s win over UCLA, star running back Rodney Anderson went down with a knee injury and is out for the season, so Murray has even more on his shoulders now.ISU is coming off of a breakout 8-5 season under Matt Campbell, and has pretty high expectations for the season.ESPN’s FPI prediction for Iowa State vs. Oklahoma is out.As you’d expect, Oklahoma is a heavy favorite against the Cyclones. FPI gives the Sooners an 85.2-percent chance to win.Via ESPN: Iowa State vs. Oklahoma will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday from Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.ABC will broadcast the contest.[ESPN]
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass while playing the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)If the Michigan Wolverines are going to run the table in the Big Ten, then Jim Harbaugh’s squad will need to defeat another ranked opponent next weekend. With Penn State coming into town for an intense battle, the stakes will be high.The Wolverines were off this past week, meanwhile the Nittany Lions were in a tough showdown against Iowa. Despite playing in brutal weather, Penn State improved its record to 6-2 on the season.Michigan was rolling before the bye week, and ESPN fully expects them to continue its winning ways on Saturday.According to the FPI, the Wolverines have a 68.6 percent chance of defeating the Nittany Lions.The duo of Shea Patterson and Karan Higdon has carried Michigan’s offense through the first half of the season. Well, they’ll need to bring their best efforts in order to keep pace with Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders.Penn State and Michigan are set to kick off at 3:45 p.m. ET from Ann Arbor.Who do you think will win this matchup?
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 03: Kristian Fulton #22 of the LSU Tigers carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half of their game at Tiger Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)For the second straight year, UCF finished undefeated and was left out of the College Football Playoff field. For the second straight year, the Knights will take on an SEC team as a consolation prize.ESPN just announced that UCF, without the services of McKenzie Milton, will take on SEC juggernaut LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.UCF finished with a 12-0 record and defeated Memphis to win the AAC title on Saturday. LSU has a 9-3 record and losses to Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M.It remains to be seen if UCF will claim another national title with a victory.IT’S OFFICIAL: @LSUFootball and @UCF_Football are heading to the 2018 @PlayStation #FiestaBowl! ?☀️Get your tickets NOW: https://t.co/ptP1p2bwSU#GeauxTigers | #ChargeOn | #GreatnessAwaits pic.twitter.com/ErEehxOCHG— Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) December 2, 2018The game is slated to take place on New Year’s Day at Noon CT.UCF, after another stellar season, finished No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings. LSU finished No. 11.The rest of the New Year’s Six games are being announced on ESPN as we speak.
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Tavien Feaster #28 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide with a score of 44 to 16.(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson’s offense is as stacked as its ever been. As a result, veteran running back Tavien Feaster is transferring.The former four-star back leaves after three seasons. He’s coming off of a 440 yard, eight touchdown year that culminated in a national championship.Thanks to the presence of Travis Etienne, among others, Feaster has never been the focal point in Clemson’s offense, but has been efficient, averaging a shade under six yards per carry for his career.When the news broke, six schools were identified as potential landing spots: Alabama, ECU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia Tech. Another, very familiar program came in with an offer later in the week: Clemson archrival South Carolina.The Gamecocks are continually looking to add talent, and have been relatively competitive in the SEC East under Will Muschamp, but also may provide an easier path to significant playing time than a huge program like Alabama, Oklahoma, or Texas.Will Muschamp didn’t address Tavien Feaster specifically, but commented on the chance to add a grad transfer after news that South Carolina had offered the Clemson veteran.From The State:“Any time you’ve got a chance to improve your roster, you try to,” Muschamp said. “That’s an everyday process for us.”As the local paper notes, the Gamecocks return three of their top four rushers, but none are a de facto No. 1 back. Feaster could be that guy, or would at least add another weapon in the South Carolina arsenal.Of course, adding a Tiger veteran might seem like sacrilege to the diehards, and there’s no guarantee he’d make the move at the end of the day, but it is interesting to see it as an option at all.[The State]
It appears one of the reasons McCoy chose to return to USC is because he wants to play close to his home in Santa Ana.From 247Sports:Sources close to McCoy said the reason the former five-star prospect was going back to USC was a severe case of homesickness and a sense he’d simply be more comfortable closer to home at USC, where he can play with a handful of former Mater Dei High School teammates, including Trojans’ quarterback JT Daniels and receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.According to 247Sports, McCoy also felt that his inner circle at Texas wasn’t too strong, which could imply that he didn’t fit in as well with Texas as he would with USC.Hopefully McCoy can put this whole situation behind him and have a productive first year of college football.[247Sports] FOX Sports WestBru McCoy was originally set to headline USC’s 2019 recruiting class, but then quickly decided to transfer to Texas. Well, the five-star wide receiver is reverting back to his original choice.The uncertainty surrounding the Trojans’ coaching staff is the reason McCoy transferred to the Longhorns. Kliff Kingsbury suddenly went from USC’s offensive coordinator to the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.McCoy took his talents to Texas even though it would put his status for the upcoming season in jeopardy. The Mater Dei product was able to participate during spring practices, and he sought a waiver to receive immediate eligibility.Reports emerged last week that McCoy was planning a return to USC, however, the reason for the transfer wasn’t out yet.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Though he has yet to be formally named the starter by Ryan Day, Justin Fields is widely expected to play most of the season at quarterback for Ohio State. One ESPN analyst had a comment today on Fields that should be especially exciting for Buckeyes fans.Taking to Twitter on Sunday, ESPN analyst Ryan Clark recalled seeing Fields and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at The Opening several years ago. He said that he felt Fields was the best he’d ever seen for a player his age.When I saw Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence at @TheOpening 3 summers ago I knew they’d both be stars. Honestly, Fields was the best I’d ever seen at that age. So, to watch where his journey has gone these last 2 years is just crazy to me.Clark is no Ohio State homer, so you don’t exactly need to take his statement with a grain of salt. Considering how good Trevor Lawrence was as a freshman, even being in the same paragraph as him has got to be pretty reassuring.Fields transferred to Ohio State in the offseason after riding the bench for Georgia as a freshman.When I saw Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence at @TheOpening 3 summers ago I knew they’d both be stars. Honestly, Fields was the best I’d ever seen at that age. So, to watch where his journey has gone these last 2 years is just crazy to me.— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) August 18, 2019As a prospect in 2018, Fields was the No. 2 overall recruit in the country per 247Sports. He was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 8 prospect on the site’s all-time rankings.But despite his big move to Columbus, he has huge shoes to fill. If named the starter, he’ll be taking over for Dwayne Haskins following a record-breaking year at quarterback. His strong season culminated in a historic blowout win over Michigan, a Big Ten title, and a Rose Bowl win.Suffice it to say, being about as good as or better than Trevor Lawrence may be Fields’ best chance of leading the Buckeyes closer to a national title.
advertisement IPL 2019: Stoinis delighted as RCB finally get campaign underway with win over KXIPMarcus Stoinis hit a quickfire 28 as Royal Challengers Bangalore clinched their first win of IPL 2019 season in Mohali against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday. graphs No data available! Press Trust of India MohaliApril 14, 2019UPDATED: April 14, 2019 13:37 IST Marcus Stoinis chipped in with a cameo as RCB clinched their first points of IPL 2019 in Mohali on Saturday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRCB gunned down a 174-run target to beat Kings XI Punjab on SaturdayBatting with AB de Villiers makes my job easier: RCB’s Marcus StoinisWe needed the win, good to get two points and get ourselves started: StoinisFollowing a match-winning partnership with AB de Villiers, RCB all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said batting alongside the South African great made his job a lot easier.Stoinis remained unbeaten on 28, ensuring an eight-wicket win against KXIP, RCB’s maiden victory of the season.The all-rounder had walked in at the fall of skipper Virat Kohli with RCB needing 46 runs off 27 balls. Kohli (67) in company of de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb runchase, sharing a 85-run stand to lay the foundation.”I am pretty familiar with this ground, I have played here for three years,” said Stoinis at the post-match press conference here.”The more comforting factor is batting with AB de Villiers, that makes it easier.”He said that RCB badly needed a win to stay alive in the tournament.”We needed it, it’s good get to two points and get ourselves started,” he said.After Kohli got out, Stoinis said he had a chat with de Villiers on how to go about the target.”Make sure to keep head straight, watch the ball, keep it simple and then once you get in think about which balls you want to target,” Stoinis said, referring to the advice from his senior partner.Stonis also praised the knock played by KXIP opener Chris Gayle.”Main thing is every team has got world class players and they have got someone like Chris Gayle, who is arguably the best T20 player,” he said.Praising the effort of RCB bowlers, he said they applied brakes during middle overs claiming wickets at regular intervals, which also ensured that Gayle had to play a controlled innings.advertisement”Make sure you keep coming back and get into contest with every single ball and that’s what our seam bowlers did, they did particularly well. They got hit early but all of them had good spells later and then our spinners controlled through the middle overs as there was a little bit of turn,” said Stoinis.On the games ahead, he said RCB are not thinking too far ahead.”We are not thinking about finals and that sort of thing..it is just about each game now, we can’t afford to get too far ahead of ourselves, it is good to get started, we will take next game as it comes and hopefully we will win few on trot..it’s still a long season,” he said.Also Read | Virat Kohli to AB de Villiers: Being your neighbour in the team hotel a lovely experienceAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh view more view less scorecard commentary