Approximately 3000 players will be competing across 16 divisions at the event, ranging from Under 20’s to the Men’s 50’s division. The Hornsby Lions will be looking to take out back-to-back Men’s Open titles, and have had a strong preparation, winning the New South Wales Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League final in November. Australian Men’s Open squad members, Dylan Hennessey and Jonathan Palau, will be influential in their side’s chances of consecutive titles. Penrith will again be a tough outfit to beat, and will be further motivated following losses to Hornsby in both last year’s State Cup final as well as last month’s Vawdon Cup final. Wests Tigers Rugby League star Benji Marshall will line up for the Wests Magpies in the Men’s Open division, and will be a large factor in his sides chances throughout the weekend. Marshall will be joined by Australian squad members Anthony Ziade (Men’s) and Daniel Rushworth (Mixed) in the Wests team, with the side to be coached by Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad. Canterbury Bulldogs will be another team to watch, with four of the Australian Men’s Open squad, Steve Roberts, Stuart Brierty, Matt Prowse and Matt Bird, in the team. Another team to watch out for is Lismore, with some of Queensland’s best players making the most of Lismore’s close geographical location to their South Queensland region. With the likes of Nathan Jones, Ryan Pollock and Sebe Ray, as well as several up-and-coming players, Lismore will definitely be a team vying for a place in the finals. Canterbury Bulldogs will be again the team to beat in the Women’s Open division, going for its fifth consecutive State Cup title. With the likes of Australian Women’s Open squad members, Louise and Claire Winchester, as well as Kelly Woods, this is definitely a team that will be around well into finals day. After its strong win in last month’s Vawdon Cup final, the Wollongong Devils will be going into the State Cup full of confidence. The Devils are a young team, with current Australian Women’s Open squad members, Ash Dobbins, Nicole Beck and Jess McCall to lead the side. Last year’s runners up, Easts Roosters, will be another team trying to stop Canterbury’s State Cup dominance, with an experienced side including Kristy Judd, Giselle Martin and Melissa Pitfield as well as the talented Cobie Jane Morgan, Kristin Boss and Stephanie Sorrenson. After losing to Wollongong in the recent Vawdon Cup final, Wests Magpies will be hoping to hit back, and will be looking to Australian squad members, Stacey Lapham and Nicole McHugh to help do this. The Alliance side – players from the ‘rest of Australia’ who will compete in the 2011 Elite Eight competition, will also be competing in the Women’s Open division, and will look to Australian Mixed Open squad member, Leah Percy, as well as Australian Women’s 30’s player, Brooke James, to show their experience in a predominantly young side. Included in the line up are teams from Scotland (Men’s Open), the Alliance (Women’s Open) as well as Victoria, who will compete in the Women’s 20’s division. Round games will be played on Friday and Saturday, before finals are played on Sunday. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, results and information from the 2010 New South Wales State Cup at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium. Make sure you regularly visit the New South Wales State Cup website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-856-0-0-0 The New South Wales Touch Facebook page will also be updated regularly. To become a fan, search for the New South Wales Touch Football Network on Facebook or click on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Earlwood-Australia/NSW-Touch-Football-Network/137384052966714
Kante: Chelsea matchwinner all about Luizby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante says his matchwinner at Crystal Palace came straight off the training pitch.Kante combined with David Luiz to fire home the only goal of the game in the 51st minute at Selhurst Park.He told Sky Sports: “It is a move I have tried in training.“It doesn’t work many times but David gave me a good ball and I am happy to score with my left foot and help the team win.”It was all about the pass.”Chelsea were made to work hard for all three points – and Luiz admitted it was a slog trying to break down the home side.“It is never easy to play here or control it here especially when they play long balls but we did well,” he said.“We could have scored early but they also did a great match defensively which is why it was so difficult.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (March 8, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle explore the surprisingly stacked playoff race in the Western Conference. First, they take a look at the Portland Trail Blazers’ hot streak, which on Tuesday hit eight straight wins. Next, they turn to the rest of the conference, where only four games separate the No. 3 seed from the No. 10. Plus, a significant digit on Gary Harris of the Denver Nuggets.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Kyle recently took a look at the question on everyone’s mind: Are the Trail Blazers for real?A panel at ESPN made some predictions about how the Western Conference will shake out come playoff time.Significant Digit: 2.8, the ratio between the number of good shooting games (defined as an effective field goal percentage at or above 60) and bad shooting games (eFG% of 40 or below) for Harris, whom Chris wrote about this week. By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed
The NBA Finals kick off Thursday night when the Toronto Raptors host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1. Golden State is dealing with several key injuries, and in the video above, FiveThirtyEight breaks down why the Raptors should try to strike early, before the Warriors can field their full team.
Redshirt-senior guard Amy Scullion (4th from left) poses for a photo with her family and coach Kevin McGuff during the Senior Night ceremony prior to a game against Iowa on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 100-82. Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern photographerCoach Kevin McGuff knows that for the Ohio State women’s basketball team to be successful this postseason, the Buckeyes need to be playing their best basketball in March.And if Saturday night’s 100-82 drubbing of the No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes is any indication, the Buckeyes are well on their way to that goal.“It is important to be playing our best basketball this time of year,” McGuff said in a postgame press conference. “And I certainly think that we have played two of our best games in the past week.”The Buckeyes took down Purdue, 92-60, on Tuesday and followed it up with an upset against Iowa in front of a home crowd for the final time this season.Facing an Iowa defense that was seemingly focused on shutting down freshman sensation Kelsey Mitchell, the Buckeyes had three players with double-doubles and found offensive contributions to complement Mitchell.And it all started with junior guard Ameryst Alston.“Ameryst was spectacular tonight,” McGuff said. “She did everything right. She was a superstar.”Alston led the Buckeyes with 29 points and a career-high 11 assists. She scored 20 of her points in the second half where the Buckeyes used defensive changes to turn a 48-45 halftime deficit into a big win.“We beat an excellent team today,” McGuff said. “Iowa is a really good basketball team and they are ranked for a reason. I am really proud of our players.”Having two stars like Mitchell and Alston playing side-by-side creates matchup problems for opponents, but Alston said Mitchell is the one who leads the way.“She is doing everything that everyone expected her to do,” Alston said. “We definitely look to her as one of our leaders on and off the floor. She is so much fun to play with.”Like Alston, Mitchell holds playing with her older counterpart in high regards.“It is amazing,” Mitchell said. “I appreciate her and love her on and off the court.”Alston and Mitchell have been key in building an offensive powerhouse in Columbus that has averaged 96 points over the past two games.“It’s a lot of fun when everybody is contributing,” Alston said. “They can take us (Alston and Mitchell) away, but they can’t take everybody away, which makes us very hard to guard.”The Buckeyes have just two games left in their regular season schedule, and are set to hit the road to face Penn State and then travel to Nebraska.As the season winds down, Alston said sticking together will be key as the Buckeyes try to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years.“The chemistry is definitely there,” Alston said. “We have great chemistry and everybody has the same goal.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Nittany Lions Thursday in State College, Pa. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Zdravko Mamic who was chief executive of Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia’s biggest club, and also vice-president of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has been sentenced to jail for corruption.He is to serve a jail term of six-and-a-half years after he was found guilty of embezzling millions of euros in transfer fees when he was an executive at Dinamo Zagreb, according to BBC.He fled across the border into Bosnia on the eve of the verdict after being charged with diverting 116m Croatian Kuna (€15.7m; £14m) from the football club and evading another 12.2m in tax.For years fans at Dinamo alleged that he and his friends had used their club to make money for themselves by depriving the club of funds from lucrative transfers and evading taxes. Then in 2015 he and his brother Zoran, the Dinamo coach, were arrested.Also in the verdict are the ex-Dinamo players, Croatia captain Luka Modric, who was charged with perjury. He was guilty of false statements during the trial when he was questioned about his 2008 transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.The case will not affect his role in the World Cup in Russia later this month.
AP May 29, 2019 Posted: May 29, 2019 Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher seeks to toss slaying case over withheld evidence AP, SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 want the case thrown out because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that includes withholding evidence and conducting surveillance on the defense.Attorneys for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher plan to ask a military court Thursday in San Diego to dismiss the case or remove the prosecutor and, possibly, have the judge himself step aside.“Gallagher’s case has been irreparably corrupted by a government campaign of outrageous and illegal conduct,” attorney Tim Parlatore said in the opening salvo of his motion to dismiss the charges. “This prosecution threatens to make an unequivocal farce of our justice system.”The hearing — originally scheduled Wednesday but postponed for a day — comes with Gallagher’s trial less than two weeks away and amid mounting pressure from defense lawyers who discovered prosecutors planted tracking software in emails sent to them and a journalist that may have violated attorney-client privilege and other constitutional rights.The Navy has said the software was used as part of an investigation to find the source of news leaks and that it did nothing wrong and has no plans to remove the prosecutor. A spokesman wouldn’t comment on the motions.Among the evidence apparently kept from the defense were results of a polygraph exam Gallagher was given weeks before his arrest on charges that he fatally stabbed an injured young teenage militant and picked off civilians from a sniper’s perch.Gallager knew at the time he was under investigation and denied committing any war crimes during the test, Parlatore said in court papers. Gallagher was told he passed the exam.Parlatore said he only knows about the exam because his client told him about it and investigation documents showed efforts to schedule the test.Polygraphs, commonly referred to as lie-detector tests, are not admissible in civilian or military courts because they are “not an indication of truth,” said Gary Solis, a former military judge and Marine Corps prosecutor who teaches law at Georgetown.Passing such a test means the person answered most of the key questions without any indication of lying.It’s debatable whether the results would be considered evidence of innocence, and therefore the prosecution would not necessarily have to turn them over to the defense, Solis said.The judge could admonish the defense for revealing polygraph results because it could taint the jury in the case, Solis said.The effort to get the case thrown out comes as President Donald Trump has considered pardoning several service members accused of war crimes, including Gallagher, who has pleaded not guilty.Gallagher’s family has lobbied vigorously for his freedom and dozens of Republican lawmakers have rallied to his cause.Prosecutors have said Gallagher stabbed the injured militant and then posed for a photo with the corpse for his re-enlistment ceremony. He sent a text to fellow SEALs later saying, “I got this one with my hunting knife.”Parlatore dismissed that as a joke that reflects the dark humor of a warrior. No blood was found on the knife by forensics experts, he added.Parlatore said he’s aware of evidence that showed at least one member of Gallagher’s squad practiced medical procedures on the militant when he was dead or nearly dead, which might indicate he died from a different cause.He said witnesses would be willing to testify to that, but prosecutors have said they’re unaware of anything performed on him that was not medically necessary or any alternative cause of death.Parlatore also claimed that prosecutors can’t prove that Gallagher shot a young girl and old man because charges of attempted murder are based only on rumors and inadmissible hearsay.Gallagher faces trial June 10.___Melley reported from Los Angeles. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Eddie Gallagher FacebookTwitter
Funding for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement campaign was funded by grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office. Alaska State Troopers and Wildlife Troopers reported the following contacts:• 61 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 1 felony DUI arrest• 32 motorists charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license• 40 REDDIs reported with 15 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI• 79 damage-only crashes, 18 injury crashes, and 2 fatal collisions were investigated bytroopers• Of the 1,186 citation issued, 606 were issued for speeding and 65 issued for seatbelt orother occupant restraint violations The high visibility effort is part of the annual national anti-DUI campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. This year’s campaign ran from August 14 through September 2. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year’s annual anti-DUI campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, a high-visibility enforcement effort, ended with 62 DUI arrests made and 1,186 citations issued.