ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 12, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Just in time for the mHealth Summit, The Lancet published an evaluation of an SMS initiative (gated) to improve antiretroviral therapy (ART) at clinics in Kenya. Patients were randomly assigned to groups, one of which would receive text messages from nurses while the other would receive standard care. Similar programs exist for pregnant women getting reminders regarding antenatal care and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Determining whether or not programs such as these result in improved health outcomes is key for public health professionals.According to Lester et al.:Patients who received SMS support had significantly improved ART adherence and rates of viral suppression compared with the control individuals. Mobile phones might be effective tools to improve patient outcome in resource-limited settings.Karen Grepin from NYU finds both good and bad news in the study:The study did find significantly higher rates of reported adherence and significantly higher levels of viral suppression among those receiving the SMS messages. Both too really good pieces of news. On the negative side, neither arm of the study showed particularly high levels of adherence and both arms suffered relatively high levels of attrition. So while it helps, it does not necessarily solve the problems of adherence or attrition.Share this:
The 2007 New South Wales Touch Association Vawdon Cup Finals series began in earnest on Friday 5 October with an intriguing schedule of matches that saw some of the biggest names in the game bring their “A” game centerfield at the Bankstown venue.In Men’s Premier League action, Minor Premiers the Canterbury Bulldogs wrapped up a coveted grand final appearance with a 10-8 victory over Wests Magpies in the 7.50pm First Semi-Final on Friday night.The fans enjoyed attacking artistry on a rarefied plane from two of the best in the business as the Dogs and the Magpies served up a veritable feast of touchdowns in a highly competitive contest.Tap plays got a descent workout in both camps as 18 touchdowns were tallied in what looked very much like a chasers war on conservative touch.The Dogs bounced out of the barriers best, putting the bite on the ‘Pies to race to a 3-0 lead early.Wests, being the quality team they are, hit back with two touchdowns of their own to make the score 3-2 to the Doggies.The two great rivals then traded touchdowns before going to the break with Canterbury in the driver’s seat 4-3.2007 Australian Open Mixed speedster Steve Roberts was at his elusive best for the Dogs, along with 2007 Australian World Cup kings the mercurial Joel Willoughby, and top dog Garry “GS 7” Sonda, who despite battling a debilitating back injury, showed his undeniable class with several pinpoint long balls bankrolling money plays for the rampant Dogs outfit.West’s were battling hard to fire their own shots in attack with Jason Yee and Jason “The Postman” Stanton delivering some outstanding passages of play to keep the Magpies well in contention.The two star-studded line-ups picked up from where they left off after oranges with some breathtaking attack punctuating a see-sawing contest that the Dogs continued to control at crucial times.The Dogs got away early in the second stanza, but the Wests boys kept pushing the envelope, and at one stage had pegged back a substantial deficit to be down by a solitary touchdown in the latter stages of the second half.Despite the Magpies brave comeback, Canterbury went on with the job in a highly entertaining second half that produced 11 touchdowns and a health check for the scoreboard attendants who became quite dizzy trying to keep up with the non-stop action on the scoreboard.The Dogs, courtesy of a five star performance from Joel Willoughby who had a hand in five touchdowns, Matty Bird who chimed in with a double, and Deadly Dan Munroe who snaffled an opportunistic length of the field intercept, marched into their second successive Vawdon Cup Grand Final with a free wheeling second half performance to cap a 10-8 victory.Daniel Walsh was also impressive for the Dogs, whilst the experienced Jason Hunt weighed in with a steady defensive effort to repel the Magpies dangerous attacking forays.Garry Sonda threw a few heat seeking cut outs in the second half just to ensure the Wests wingers had recurring nightmares about pinpoint long bombs being directed in their vicinity.Sonda fittingly bagged a touchdown in the shadows of full time to secure the 10-8 victory and the Grand Final berth for his beloved Doggies.For Wests, Jason Stanton produced his usual array of big game artillery, setting up four tries with short plays working in tandem with Australian Men’s Open team mates Daniel Rushworth who bagged a double, and comeback king, Anthony Ziade. Young gun Michael Singh also impressed for the wholehearted Wests outfit.Wests will now turn their attention to Friday night’s Elimination final blockbuster with the Hornsby Lions this Friday night at Tempe.Canterbury will have vivid memories of last year’s heartbreaking Grand Final loss to Penrith, and after cooling their heels for a few days and watching Wests and Hornsby slug it out in the Elimination final this Friday night, will be keen to formulate their plan for redemption in the Vawdon Cup decider Friday week 17 October 2007.In the Second Semi-Final at 9.30pm at Bankstown, the seedings held firm, with the third placed Hornsby Lions prevailing 4-3 in a desperate battle with 2006 Vawdon Cup Premiers, the Penrith Panthers.The Young Lions outfit, led by the “Zip Zip” man Dylan Hennessey, and the dynamic Kennedy twins John and Maurice, swept into this Fridays elimination final with a scrapping victory over the committed Panthers.The Panthers, who had been in white-hot form in recent weeks, began the game impressively with driving attack and unrelenting defence to dictate terms from the opening whistle.The talented Hornsby combination however showed great composure to weather the early storm with Jonathan Palau scoring the first touchdown against the run of play to grab a 1-0 lead.Penrith danger man Scott “Jack” Buckley nailed an opportunity shortly afterwards to level the contest at 1-1.Buckley’s score put the Hornsby boys on notice that the Panthers were not going to hand back the Premiership belt without one almighty fight.Hornsby then hit back with the ever-present Maurice Kennedy chiming in with a touchdown for the fleet footed Lions to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.Penrith steeled themselves in the break for a battle to the death in the second stanza, but were staring down the barrel shortly after oranges, when the Lions went up 3-1 with a touchdown to the consistent Michael Abood.Showing their Premiership winning qualities, the Panthers refused to concede any ground, and dug deeper than Lleyton Hewitt in a Davis Cup decider, to produce back-to-back touchdowns and lock the contest up at 3-3.With the battle evenly poised, that man Dylan Hennessey stepped up to the plate to produce the play that mattered, as only he can.Hennessey conjured a withering burst from acting half 30 metres out before dishing to partner in crime Maurice Kennedy who gave winger Palau a free ticket to overlap city that he gleefully traded in for the decisive touchdown to give the Young Lions a 4-3 lead and a shot of making the Vawdon Cup Grand Final in their maiden year in the prestigious competition.Penrith tried valiantly, with the likes of Dean and Adam Springfield, young gun Benny Moylan, and veteran Chris Benfield leaving it all out on the field to try and bridge the gap, but it was to no avail, with the Lions holding on to breath life back into their 2007 Vawdon Cup premiership aspirations.The Penrith lads embarked on ‘Silly Saturday” to drown their sorrows, but will regroup shortly to prepare for the 2007 NSWTA State Cup in December in a bid to send their departing coach Dave Collins out on a winning note.Hornsby have more immediate fish to fry, with Friday night’s big clash with a menacing Wests Magpies outfit the only thing standing between the Lions and a crack at a Bulldogs combination that they have troubled in season 2007.In the Women’s Premier League, the undefeated Canterbury Bulldogs advanced to the 2007 Vawdon Cup Grand Final with a hard fought 4-2 victory over defending Premiers Easts Roosters in the 7.00pm clash at Bankstown last Friday night.The highly anticipated clash between the big guns of Women’s Touch did not disappoint, with some of the best female players in the game today bringing their best form to the table when it was needed most.The game was end to end with committed driving, expansive attack, resolute defence, and some spirited exchanges headlining the keynote contest.Canterbury began confidently and had the lion’s share of possession, asserting themselves with several repeat sets before the class and guile of Australian Women’s Open star turn Louise ‘Squeeze” Winchester shone through.Winchester stalked the East’s middle before finding a chink in the armour to use her superior footwork for a 1-0 lead to the Dogs.Easts were stung into action, and after gaining a better proportion of possession, replied in the minutes before half time with a touchdown of their own.The Roosters scored off a set play through Nadina Teskera that would have pleased their long time mentor Jason Hunt with its precision. At 1-1 at oranges, the game was evenly poised, and punters were getting splinters from sitting on the fence in the prediction stakes, with no one prepared to part with their hard earned on a likely winner.The first 10 minutes of the second half saw the Roosters hit the front for the first time in the game, with some ‘old school’ combination between four-time Australian Women’s Open World Cup champion Kristy Judd, and big game specialist, Giselle Martin.In phase, Martin dug into her bag on tricks to produce a long ball of the highest quality to break the Dogs defence open for Kate Baseley to dot down and take the tri-colours out to a 2-1 lead.Indefatigueable Bulldog Kelly Woods then produced a touchdown from a sweeping movement (that was almost as good as her head snap on the fly) to tie the ball game up at 2-2.The scene was now set for an exciting battle to the end between two great teams who, through their differing styles, exceptional skill levels, and passion for the challenge have significantly altered the way women’s touch has been perceived in the modern game. Canterbury was probing better than Glenn Mc Grath just short of a good length, and with less than 10 minutes remaining, Michelle Winchester nabbed a crucial touchdown to take the Minor Premiers out to a 3-2 advantage.Several borderline decisions could have swung the contest in either direction, but with 7 minutes remaining, East’s had the same player dismissed for a second period of time in the match meaning an automatic remainder of the game dismissal to leave the Roosters one player down.The Roosters hung on gamely in the six on five situation, before that girl Louise Winchester stepped into the phone booth (permanently situated next to the Dogs sub box) to don the red cape and ‘go go’ boots with two minutes left on the clock.Winchester conjured the critical play, searing through the Roosters middle to cement the decision in the Doggies favour 4-2.“Squeeze” was in devastating form for Canterbury, and ultimately provided the difference between the two sides, whilst Michelle Winchester, and Kelly Woods chimed in to bankroll the Dogs victory. East’s mercurial wonder twins Kristy and Amanda Judd enjoyed the opportunity to rekindle their combination after Amanda’s long absence through injury, and along with Nadina Teskera, and Giselle Martin, were Easts best in a spirited performance that will hold them in good stead for Friday night’s season defining Elimination final with an inform Wests Magpies combination who will be looking to repeat their 2006 State Cup upset over the Roosters.In the Second Semi-final, Western Suburbs had an emphatic 6-1 victory over first time semi-finalists, the Wollongong Devils in the 8.40pm timeslot at Bankstown on Friday night. The Magpies got away to the best possible start when the impressive Nicole Mc Hugh engineered Wests first touchdown in the early exchanges for a 1-0 lead.The Young Divas hit back in fine style when Nicole “Captain Serro” Beck found nothing but space and opportunity out wide to gift-wrap a touchdown and ensure plenty of love was coming the way of winger Kirsten Whittaker who dotted down to square the ledger at 1-1.The game was a tight affair for the next ten minutes with the youthful Wollongong girls doing well to repel the rampaging Magpies, and stay awake – considering it was way past the bedtime for most of the young divas.Wests then delivered a couple of bedtime stories that would give the Young Divas a few nightmares over the next few days.Australian Women’s Open gun Stacey Lapham split the Wollongong defence from acting half before finding Holly Shorter in support for a 2-1 lead approaching half time.Fellow Australian Women’s Open World Cup gun Bo De la Cruz also scythed through the Wollongong defence from acting half, to link with Tara Mohi and give the Magpies breathing space at 3-1 up at the interval.The Devils, despite playing in their first year in the competition, and in their first finals series, did not go quietly into the night, playing bravely in the second half against a clicking Wests machine that was relentless in their approach for the duration.The gifted De la Cruz was at the heart of all that was good for the Magpies and she engineered two-second half touchdowns, along with Nola Campbell who constructed the final touchdown in the 6-1 victory.Wests were also well served by Nicole Mc Hugh and Dianne Doan in attack, and Jess Lumby and the Mohi sisters Tina and Tara, who were brick walls in defence.Wollongong played with plenty of enthusiasm and courage and can be well pleased with their maiden season effort in the Premier League division of the Vawdon Cup.The young Divas have the potential to make a real impression on this competition in the not too distant future.Nicole Beck, Amy ‘Tank Girl’ Regal, and Jess Mc Call were amongst the best for the Young Divas who now have a tough decision to make to either travel up from the ‘Gong to watch the Elimination Final Friday, or stay home and watch the reply of the new series of Entourage… tough call…Elimination finals will be played across all Ten Vawdon Cup divisions on Friday 12 October 2007 at the Tempe venue.The Women’s Premier League Elimination final, featuring 2006 Premiers Easts Roosters and 2006 State Cup Finalists Western Suburbs Magpies will be a crackerjack contest with both teams capable of pushing through to claim the hot date with Canterbury for Friday week’s Vawdon Cup Grand Final.Amanda and Kristy Judd, Melissa Pitfield, and Nadina Teskera will spearhead the Roosters bid for an unprecedented thirteenth Grand Final appearance for the most successful team in Vawdon Cup history.Stacey Lapham, Bo De la Cruz, Nicky Albery, Nola Campbell, and Nicole Mc Hugh are just as important to Wests chances of winning their way through to the decider, and will play crucial roles Friday.Both clubs are extremely passionate and have several big match players lining up on both sides of the halfway line so the 7.50pm clash should provide an intriguing prelude to the 2007 Grand Final.The Men’s Premier League will be played at 9.30pm at Tempe with an absorbing contest assured.Dave Roberts comes back into the Hornsby fold, but the suspension of key playmaker Maurice Kennedy will be a huge blow to the Lions chances of snaring a Grand Final appearance.Wests will look to their holy trinity of Australian Men’s Open World Cup kings Jason Stanton, Daniel Rushworth, and Anthony Ziade to framework their bid for their first appearance in the big one since 2005.This week’s “Go to Girl” for the Player of the Round in the first week of finals in the Women’s Premier League goes to Canterbury Bulldogs attacking genius Louise Winchester. The male cast of “There’s something about Mary” could not have done a better job of stalking than Squeeze did on the Roosters middle in Friday night’s semi-final. Middle players the competition over swear they can hear the theme music from ‘Jaws’ cranking up every time the Doggies skipper makes her way to acting half… “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the middle…” This week’s “Blackest Cat” for the Player of the Round in the first week of finals in the Men’s Premier League goes to Joel Willoughby who produced an outstanding performance in creating 5 touchdowns in the Doggies 10-8 victory over the Magpies.“Will of the Wisp” Willoughby was in rare form weaving his magic all over the field in a tireless performance, there is some suggestion that Joel took his playing shoes off, held them up, and waved them to the crowd at full time to celebrate his “five for”… That’s it for the first week of finals, more drama than a year’s worth of “Lost” episodes.Get down to Tempe this week from 7.00pm onwards for the second week of the finals series for the live eviction to top them all…It’s championship round time now folks, so when in doubt throw the double cut out flick between the legs… guaranteed to get you out of a difficult situation in this week’s elimination finals, or if not, it’ll help book you a comfy seat on the hill for Friday week’s Grand Final extravaganza… Either way, this week there’ll be no room for the faint of heart, and no second chances, which means we are going to be spoiled by quality efforts from some of the very best players in the game.When things get tough, remember the prophetic words from Midnight Oil,“I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees,” … No regrets!Thanks to all players and coaches for your contribution to this week’s wrap and best of luck to those teams still in the hunt for Vawdon Cup glory in 2007.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero McIlroy unhappy with fans attitudeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Sammy McIlroy is unhappy with the attitude of fans this season.Summer signing Fred has struggled to fire this season while Alexis Sanchez, who joined in January, continues to misfire.And McIlroy has appeared to suggest the reason why players haven’t settled in is because of the crowd’s demands over the playing style.”Manchester United have spent a lot of money. You go around and buy players and some who have come to Manchester United don’t hit it off right away because of the crowd and how they want [them] to play,” he told Love Sport Radio.”The pressure is on these players that come to the club. They find it sometimes takes a long time to get into their stride.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham boss Ranieri confirms Fosu-Mensah can return to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri has confirmed Timothy Fosu-Mensah can return to Manchester United.With Aston Villa watching developments, Ranieri admits the on-loan fullback isn’t in plans.”I don’t know, if United want him, he can go because with me he does not play often and I understand he is young he needs to play,” Ranieri said in a press conference on Friday afternoon. “This moment for me is very, very important to achieve our goal. “Our goal now is to save Fulham.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Liverpool considered Laporte before his Man City moveby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool considered former Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte before his move to Manchester City.Goal says Liverpool were interested in signing Laporte prior to his move to City.The report suggests Jurgen Klopp viewed the Frenchman as the ideal candidate to bolster their defence prior to signing Virgil Van Dijk.However, City’s long-standing interest and Athletic Bilbao demanding payment up front scuppered the deal.Laporte later signed for the Citizens and became a key player under Pep Guardiola.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves boss Nuno defends players after three consecutive defeatsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno has defended his players in today’s media conference.Nuno says he will not “abandon” any of his players prior to their weekend Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, after Wolves suffered a third defeat in a row in all competitions for the first time since November 2018.The Midlands club’s Europa League Group K opener ended in a 1-0 loss after Ricardo Horta’s 71st-minute match-winning strike sealed victory for SC Braga.”We don’t base our analysis on the result, we base it on the performance,” the Wolves boss explained.”We have to work as a group, speak to each other and have dialogue because one thing I don’t do is ever abandon a player.”I realise if he is not performing well, where can I find a solution to help him.”The expectation outside is based on the results, now we need to find the solutions to how we do things.”
Man Utd keeper Matej Kovar enjoying EFL Trophy experienceby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Matej Kovar is delighted to be playing in the EFL Trophy this season.Neil Wood’s side beat League One team Lincoln in their second group game of the competition on Tuesday night.”It’s something different because every week you play in the league and this is men’s football so it’s a bigger test but it’s one that we all enjoy and a brilliant experience for everybody in the changing room to help us improve,” Kovar said.Wood’s side have lost only once in all competitions this season and there’s been a marked improvement from the previous two campaigns.He also told the Manchester Evening News: “New players came in so maybe that. But we are working hard every single day in training and I think we have shown that every day in training and we have shown that today on the pitch and I think people should be proud because we have done well so far and hopefully it will continue that way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
YouTubeThings got very chippy midway through the first half between Memphis and UConn, and a brief shoving match led to Huskies star Ryan Boatright leaving the game for a chunk of the game. Boatright and a few UConn teammates got into it with a group of Tigers near the Memphis bench, and the Huskies’ star guard caught a blow to the face during the brief scuffle. Boatright has reentered the game, but was held to three points in the first half. UConn has battled back to cut Memphis’ once-big lead to 39-33 at the half. Daniel Hamilton is leading the way for the Huskies with 10 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the first half.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When applying for a job nowadays, you’re often just happy to get a response – even if aren’t going to wind up getting the gig. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh apparently goes the extra mile though. Check out the hand-written response he sent to a man named Thom Dartt, who presumably applied to work as part of Harbaugh’s recruiting staff. Even if Harbaugh didn’t pen the whole thing himself, it’s still under his direction, which is pretty cool.Best rejection letter I have ever received! #GoBlue @CoachJim4UM pic.twitter.com/q694q706MT— Thom Dartt (@ThomDartt) June 18, 2015 We’re assuming that Dartt was already a Wolverines fan, but if not, he certainly is now. Props to Harbaugh for treating people like humans.
Twitter/bradyvardemanDede Westbrook is an elite receiver equipped with an elite stiff arm.Dede Westbrook has been stellar this season with six games with at least 100 yards receiving for the Sooners. He’s made exceptional catches and shown his foot speed all year, and against West Virginia he’s shown us he has quite the stiff arm move as well.Here’s said stiff arm via Brady Vardeman of Sports Day DFW:”Dede Westbrook does not lose foot races.” #Sooners pic.twitter.com/jrFHjrmyzS— Brady Vardeman (@BradyVardeman) November 20, 2016It’s just a simple screen play to Westbrook but then it develops into a one-on-one play between him and linebacker Justin Arndt. Arndt by the way weighs 215 pounds and Westbrook is listed at 175 pounds.Arndt seems to have a pretty good hold on the wideout, but Westbrook displays his strength with one of the best stiff arms you will see.Oklahoma is up on West Virginia 21-0 late in the first quarter on ABC.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the helmet of VanDarius Cowan #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The best college football program right now in Alabama. That’s not really up for debate, either. The Crimson Tide are the reigning national champions and have won five national titles since 2009.How much longer is Nick Saban’s dominance going to last? Probably for a while.ESPN published today its “future power rankings,” attempting to predict which college football programs will be great through the year 2020.Alabama, unsurprisingly, comes in at No. 1.From ESPN.com:Usually there’s some debate about the top spot, but not this year. Alabama comes off of its fifth national championship in the past nine seasons. Coach Nick Saban turns 67 on Halloween but has shown every intention of coaching for a while longer. The Tide’s defense, their signature unit, continues to stockpile talent and should feature arguably the nation’s best linebackers in 2018, complementing All-America candidate Raekwon Davis at defensive end.“They just look different when you step on the field,” an opposing offensive coordinator said. While Alabama’s quarterback situation is drawing more attention than normal because of the unique dynamic, the outlook could be better than ever. Jalen Hurts is a proven winner, and Tua Tagovailoa gives Alabama a passing element it has lacked during this historic run. The only potential concerns, other than Saban retiring before 2020, are how a shuffled coaching staff will adjust this season, and whether there’s enough quarterback depth if and when one of the top contenders departs.Good luck, college football teams not named Alabama.You can view the full rankings here.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)It is really tough to go undefeated during the college football season. More often than not, teams reach the college football playoff with one loss.There are several teams with one loss on their resume right now. They aren’t eliminated from the playoff chase, but their margin for error is nonexistent. They have to win out.Of those one-loss squads, not all have the same chance to reach the playoff. Some are in better position than others, as ESPN’s Heather Dinich wrote today.Dinich ranked the playoff chances of the eight major one-loss teams. Here’s what she came up with:MichiganGeorgiaOklahomaFloridaLSUTexasIowaOregonYou can view all of Dinich’s analysis here. Here’s what she had to say about Michigan’s odds to make the playoff.“The Big Ten has an 11 percent chance to get multiple teams into the playoff, second best to the SEC,” Dinich wrote. “There’s a 21 percent chance Michigan will be 10-1 and Ohio State will be 11-0 when the teams meet in Columbus on Nov. 24.”The first official College Football Playoff rankings come out on Tuesday, October 30. They will be released at 7:10 p.m. ET.We’ll see then where these one-loss teams stand, and one or two of them might have lost again by that point, eliminating them from the playoff conversation.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands with head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after the Sooners defeated the Buckeyes 31-16 at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)On Tuesday night the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings were released. After a tremendous Rivalry Weekend, the playoff rankings saw significant upheaval that will lead to an interesting final weekend of college football before the playoff is officially set.After Ohio State knocked off Michigan in impressive fashion, the Buckeyes jumped up to No. 6 – just behind Oklahoma. That puts the Sooners in a great spot to make the playoff over the Buckeyes if both programs win this weekend.College Football Playoff committee chair Rob Mullens revealed why Oklahoma sits ahead of Ohio State. It all comes down to Oklahoma’s “historic offense.”CFP chair Rob Mullens: Oklahoma’s body of work is still impressive. I understand defensive deficiencies are there … but they really have a historic offense … (offense) scores enough points to win games and at the end of the day, it’s about results.”#Sooners— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) November 28, 2018If Oklahoma and Ohio State both win, the Sooners would likely take a playoff spot over the Buckeyes. Oklahoma and Ohio State fans will keep an eye on the SEC title game that pits Alabama against Georgia.If Georgia beats Alabama, the Bulldogs would claim a spot in the playoff. The committee would then need to decide between Alabama and Oklahoma/Ohio State if both win.Stay tuned.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)One of the fastest-rising quarterback recruits in the 2020 class has announced his college commitment.Jeff Sims, a pro-style quarterback out of Jacksonville, Florida, will be staying home for college.The quarterback recruit announced on Saturday his commitment to Florida State.“I’m a Seminole,” Sims said on Saturday after his visit to FSU. “It was just the family environment and I felt at home at FSU. Coach Taggart was overwhelmed with joy when I told him.”Breaking: QB Jeff Sims has committed to FSU pic.twitter.com/xJtjxFWKfV— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) February 2, 2019The 6-foot-3 quarterback is a prospect who’s expected to make serious jumps in the national rankings over the next year-plus.Sims announced his decision on social media.“I AM SO BLESSED NOLE NATION LETS GET IT BABY,” he tweeted.“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19 I AM SO BLESSED NOLE NATION LETS GET IT BABY?? #Tribe20 #DoSomething @29Duke17 pic.twitter.com/tMi0eoLzrU— Jeff Sims (@JeffSims_10) February 3, 2019Sims already has scholarship offers from Boston College, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Colorado State and others.Florida State’s 2020 class is shaping up to be one of the best in the country. The Seminoles have commitments from five players, including 4 four-star prospects along with Sims.FSU’s class is ranked the No. 9 class in the country and the No. 3 class in the ACC.You can view Florida State’s complete 2020 class here.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – AUGUST 31: Colton Richardson #19 of the Idaho Vandals is sacked by Antonio Shelton #55, Garrett Taylor #17 and Robert Windsor #54 of the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first half at Beaver Stadium on August 31, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)Penn State’s game Saturday more or less went as expected, with the Nittany Lions beating MAC opponent Buffalo 45-13. At least one PSU player—defensive tackle Antonio Shelton —wasn’t thrilled with some members of the fan base after the game.Shelton was sure to thank the majority of Penn State fans to open his run of tweets on Saturday night. And then he went in on fans he deemed “disrespectful.”It was unclear exactly what he was referring to, but clearly something set Shelton off during Saturday’s game. His tweets:Appreciate everybody that came out to support tonight. But some people are becoming too comfortable. Ain’t nothing wrong with a little criticism,that’s not what I’m saying. But when you become overtly disrespectful, there’s a problem.— Antonio (@_groovy55) September 8, 2019 If you have all the answers. I invite you to get into coaching. Or, come do what we do for a day and then have an opinion. End of the day tho good team win lol shout out Buffalo they came ready to play.— Antonio (@_groovy55) September 8, 2019It’s just funny to me how the same people who will openly trash me, my teammates, and my coaches on the Internet are the SAME PEOPLE who want a picture or an autograph for them or their kids😂 like come on yo!😂😂— Antonio (@_groovy55) September 8, 2019We understand people have a deep connection to this university and this team. But understand that we are men first. Do not disrespect us.— Antonio (@_groovy55) September 8, 2019Shelton was asked about his tweets during a media session on Tuesday, and he went into more detail on what he and his teammates experienced.From the Centre Daily Times:“But what I was saying was, at a certain point, there was a fan — I don’t know him — yelling at one of my teammates. I’m not going to say who my teammate was. But I figured he knew him, so he was just trying to get his attention. And then my teammate turned around. And it was clear that he did not know this dude, and he’s just trying to tell him how to play football — as if we don’t have a coaching staff that’s doing that already. And as if he’s not an adult, a young man, who’s dedicated his life to this. You can’t tell me how to play football, you know what I mean?“So that’s the type of thing I was trying to say. Don’t be disrespectful. You think we come out here in this stadium and we’re like, ‘Hey, let’s lose today’? We practiced all week, watched all this film and did all this studying on these people. We put in all this work over the summer and during camp, let’s go out here and just lose because we don’t care about each other. You know what I mean?”Antonio Shelton prefaced that bit by restating that he appreciates the vast majority of Penn State fans, saying that it is very cool to play in front of 100,000 rabid fans, most of whom he appreciates. Clearly, this fan got under his skin, and you can see why.[Centre Daily Times]
Here is the post from Georgia that unveiled its choice of uniform:Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing. Beat Notre Dame. pic.twitter.com/DAA06gq8Bg— UGA Football Equip (@UGAFBEquipment) September 20, 2019This upcoming matchup between Notre Dame and Georgia should be quite the spectacle. Both programs have a legitimate chance of making the College Football Playoff.Regardless of which uniform the Bulldogs wear tonight, the SEC powerhouse should be able to take care of business at home against the Fighting Irish.It remains unclear when Georgia breaks out the alternate uniforms – if they actually decide to do so.Georgia fans – did you want to see the black alternate jerseys? NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts during the first half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Texas Longhorns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Since the Georgia Bulldogs are preparing for arguably their biggest game of the regular season, the fan base in Athens was hoping to see the team wear their alternate uniform. That won’t be the case, though.Georgia doesn’t usually wear its alternate black jerseys, which is pretty unfortunate because they’re unique. Earlier in the year, Jake Fromm stated that he wants to wear those uniforms at least once in his career.Instead of going with black jerseys, the Bulldogs will wear their traditional red jerseys. The team announced its uniform decision on Twitter.The Bulldogs posted an image of their red jerseys with the following caption: “Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing. Beat Notre Dame.”
India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 13:45 IST Kedar Jadhav was seen break-dancing for the amusement of his team mates (BCCI Screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSKedar Jadhav break-danced for the amusement of his team mates at the airportRohit Sharma too tried his hand at the floss dance but was outperformed by a young girlIndia play Australia in the second ODI of the three-match series in Adelaide on TuesdayTeam India are on their way to Adelaide for the second one day international of the three-match ODI series. As the team waited for their flight, Kedar Jadhav was seen showing off his dance moves.The Indian cricket team posted a video on their social media handles in which Kedar can be seen break-dancing for the amusment of his team mates.Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja among others were left in splits on seeing Kedar Jhadav’s dance moves.Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted another video in which Rohit can be seen trying the ‘floss’ dance. Rohit can be seen ‘flossing’ while a young girl out does the Indian cricketer masterfully.Hitman learning the floss dance be like #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/37lGysldJCBCCI (@BCCI) January 13, 2019Rohit in an interview with Yuzvendra Chahal for the BCCI website, revealed what Team India’s plan was when he and Shikhar Dhawan walked out to bat in the 1st ODi in Sydney against Australia on Saturday.”When we started batting, we had a plan of playing the new ball well, since their opening bowlers are good.,” said Rohit.WATCH: In our fun segment of Chahal TV, we bring you up close with centurion @ImRo45 from Sydney – by @RajalAroraYou think @yuzi_chahal did a good job?Full Video Link https://t.co/6V0258Zmtz pic.twitter.com/O5B7YxTDodBCCI (@BCCI) January 13, 2019advertisementThat did not happen though as Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu were sent back within four overs.”Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Sometimes, the opposition bowls well. This is a good learning experience for us, what to do in such situations,” said Rohit.Rohit starred with the bat for India, scoring his 22 ODI hundred but could not take his team to victory as India lost the match by 34 runs, despite his fighting 133.Kedar did not feature in the first ODI and will be hoping to get a chance to perform if he is selected in the upcoming ODI.Also Read | Resting World Cup-bound fast bowlers in IPL 2019 wrong thought process: NehraAlso Read | Dhoni’s form important in the run-up to World Cup: DasguptaAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadFor 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 Tags :Follow Kedar JadhavFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Rohit SharmaFollow AdelaideFollow Sydney Kedar Jadhav shows off his dance moves as Team India head for AdelaideKedar Jadhav left his Team India mates in splits with dance moves as they waited at the Sydney airport on their way to Adelaide for the second ODI against Australiaadvertisement
IANS ChennaiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 10:25 IST Kamal Haasan will be seen in Indian 2On the occasion of Pongal, filmmaker S Shankar on Tuesday unveiled the first look poster of his next movie, Indian 2 featuring actor-politician Kamal Haasan.Shankar shared the poster in his tweet and extended Pongal wishes to everyone. Via the poster, it was revealed that the project will go on the floors from Friday.#indian2 Hi everyone! Happy Pongal pic.twitter.com/rgiuCBBtLqShankar Shanmugham (@shankarshanmugh) January 14, 2019A sequel to 1996 Tamil blockbuster Indian, the project also stars Kajal Aggarwal as the leading lady.Having already begun prepping for her role in the film, she told IANS that she sees signing Indian 2 as a step up in her career.”I’m really thrilled to be part of the project. I’m quite excited about my role and the skills I will get to learn on the job. I see signing Indian 2 as a step up in my career,” she said.Here’s how Twitter users are reacting:Sirrr Super Duper .. Pongal wishesRam Muthuram Cinemas (@RamCinemas) January 14, 2019@anirudhofficial -Lifetime AccomplishmentApart from ARR.. i do not thing any other music Director has this Feat..Music scored for Rajini.. Kamal.. Ajith.. Vijay.. Surya.. Dhanush..Lots more to come Anirudh..”GOD & AANDAVAR Bless”I mean @rajinikanth & @ikamalhaasan pic.twitter.com/jBXrLsLAbY(@ChoVial) January 14, 2019Whats wrong with ARrWhy AnirudhAnyway congrats to himNiranjan Venu (@niranjan_venu) January 14, 2019As a rajini sir fans i wish kamal sir to get a masterpiece.MOHAMMED IQBAL. A (@iqbalkkv) January 14, 2019Very Disappointing Announcement@shankarshanmugh Sir..Why u Change Music Composer @arrahmanadvertisementBkz Tweetz (@arunsingh_bismi) January 14, 201923-years back #Indian2 #SenapathiIsBack pic.twitter.com/K9PFEWGluGRobin Zany (@robincena05) January 14, 2019While promoting his last outing 2.0, S Shankar revealed that he recently did a photo-shoot with Kamal Haasan for Indian 2.Shankar added that he was thrilled to see Kamal Haasan sporting the look of the popular octogenarian character Senapathy, a freedom fighter-turned-vigilante bent on rooting out corruption.Indian 2 will have music by Anirudh Ravichander. The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be revealed.ALSO SEE: Indian 2 first look out: Kamal Haasan says Happy Pongal with last filmALSO READ| Indian 2: Simbu replaced by Siddharth in Kamal Haasan film?ALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Simbu booked for obscene beep songGet 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 bynisha Tags :Follow Kamal HassanFollow 2.0Follow S Shankar First poster of Kamal Haasan’s film Indian 2 is out. Here’s how fans are reactingDirector S Shankar shared the poster in his tweet and extended Pongal wishes to everyone. Via the poster, it was revealed that the project of Indian 2 starring Kamal Haasan will go on the floors from Friday.advertisement
Next Press Trust of India SrinagarFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 16:36 IST Real Kashmir have climbed to the top of I-League table (Photo tweeted by @realkashmirfc)HIGHLIGHTSReal Kashmir FC beat Gokulam Kerala FC 1-0 in the I-LeagueIvorian striker Gnohere Krizo scored the all-important goal in the 51st minuteThe victory helps Real Kashmir climb to the top of the I-League tableReal Kashmir FC kept themselves in contention for the I-League title as they jumped to the top of points table by defeating Gokulam Kerala 1-0 in a match played under rain and snow at the TRC Ground in Srinagar on Wednesday.Ivorian striker Gnohere Krizo scored the all-important goal in the 51st minute to hand Real Kashmir full three points from the match.The Jammu and Kashmir team now has 32 points from 16 matches to occupy the top spot, one point more than Chennai City FC (29 points from 14 matches) who, however, have played only 14 matches. Each team will play 20 matches in the league.”We are known as snow leopards and definitely today we had to win when our leopards were on the ground in snow and rain. It’s a fantastic win. We at RKFC always believe in one thing-give your best and forget the rest,” co-owners of the foot ball club Sandeep Chattoo and ShamimReal Kashmir FC (@realkashmirfc) February 6, 2019The match was played under heavy ground conditions due to snow and heavy rainfall with the temperature hovering just above freezing point.Climate is no excuse if you’re passionate! #RKFCGKFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/jj1PZOag8SHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 6, 2019It started snowing before the match but it gave way to heavy rainfall later on. The whole of the second half was played under rains. The players found it difficult to control the ball which stopped at areas of the synthetic turf where water collected.The snow leopards are brining up the heat! #RKFCGKFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/KXVGhmh4kTadvertisementHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 6, 2019Ground passing was not possible and the players had to take the aerial route most of the time.Also Watch: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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow i-leagueFollow Real KashmirFollow Gokulam Kerala I-League: Real Kashmir beat Gokulam Kerala 1-0 under snow and rainI-League: Ivorian striker Gnohere Krizo scored the all-important goal in the 51st minute to hand Real Kashmir full three points from the match. The victory helped Real Kashmir climb to the top of the table.advertisement
Puducherry chief minister latest in the list of CMs on dharnaPuducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy alleged that Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi is trying to “scuttle” the welfare schemes of the elected government.advertisement Lokpria Vasudevan ChennaiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 18:44 IST Puducherry CM V NarayanaswamyHIGHLIGHTSCM V Narayanaswamy says he is holding a peaceful protestCM and Lt Governor are sparring over rule that made wearing helmet compulsaryCM says he is not against the rule but it should be implemented after creating awarenessPuducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy was latest in the list of CMs sitting on a dharna as he staged a protest outside Raj Nivas, the official residence of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi. He was protesting what he called “scuttling” of welfare schemes of the elected government in the Union Territory.Sporting a black shirt, Narayanaswamy sat on a dharna outside Rajnivas along with his cabinet colleagues and legislators from the DMK & Congress. The Chief Minister accused Bedi of interfering in day to day affairs of the elected government.”Governor Bedi is scuttling various welfare activities of the government like free rice and Pongal Bonus to ration card holders, disbursment of salary and pensions to government staff. I am forced to stage a peaceful protest as the governor did not respond to the 39 charter demand presented by the government,” he said.Narayanaswamy criticized Governor Bedi for undermining an elected government and misusing her office. The two have been at loggerheads over the administrative powers of a union territory.The current protest by the Chief Minister comes a day after differences between him and the Governor on the implementation of the rule for wearing helmet.”The government is for implementation of the mandatory helmet rule. But it should be implemented after creating awareness about the same. However, the lieutenant governor is behaving like a police constable by trying to enforce the rule. She has caused inconvenience to motorists. Her actions do not bode well for the office she holds,” said the chief minister.advertisementRead | Puducherry: AIADMK MLAs smash helmets to protest against Kiran Bedi’s compulsory orderWatch | Kiran Bedi is a law breaking LG, says Puducherry CM NarayanasamyFor 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 Tags :Follow Puducherry