Football: Midfield Maestro announces retirement after bowing out of the World Cup

first_imgAdvertisementAndres Iniesta, who scored the only goal in the final of the 2010 World Cup has hung up his boots. After more than 130 appearances in 12 years and 3 major titles, he decided it after bowing out of the World Cup to Russia.Iniesta after scoring the goal in the final of the World Cup 2010Iniesta was benched for the Round of 16 fixture by Spanish boss, Fernando Hierro and in his place, Marco Asensio was played. He came on as a substitute in the 67th minute and successfully converted his penalty in the 4-3 loss to Russia.“It is a reality that is my last match with the national team,”  he said.“Sometimes the endings are not as one dreams,” added the former Barcelona player. “It is the saddest day of my career.”A dejected Iniesta last nightIniesta ended his Barca career in May when he moved to play in Vissel Kobe, a club in Japan.Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 18Football: Indian football team denied clearance for Asian Games in Indonesia Advertisementlast_img read more

Talking Touch – April

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following linksPhysical Trans-Tasman matches to continue in MudgeeTony Trad is under no illusions his Australian men’s team faces a stern test against the kiwis at Mudgee in 10 days. The best two touch football teams in the world will square off at Glen Willow in three matches as part of the Trans-Tasman Test Series. Touch TrainingThe Australian touch-football squads held a training camp at Kingsway playing fields in St Marys at the weekend Debutant Has A Touch Of Class It will be touch and go for two locals when they represent Australia at Mudgee this weekend. Daniel Barton from Greystanes and Wentworthville resident Nicole McHugh will don the green and gold during the Trans Tasman touch football tournament against New Zealand. Senior Role For Young Emilee She might still be in her teens but Emilee Cherry will take on a leadership role in the Australian women’s team at this week’s trans-Tasman touch tournament in country New South Wales. The 19-year-old national touch and rugby sevens representative has been named vice-captain of the Australian women’s team for the three-match series against New Zealand in Mudgee, which starts today and also features open men’s and open mixed teams. Best In The World In Mudgee Australia and New Zealand were side by side in the battlefields at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. Fast forward 97 years and the two nations will go head-to-head on a different kind of battlefield – Mudgee’s Glen Willow. This Is Our Backyard Australian men’s touch player Dylan Hennessey says Australia can continue their dominance over New Zealand at this week’s Trans-Tasman series. The two best touch football nations in the world will play against each other over three days at Mudgee’s Glen Willow. Kiwis Are In Mudgee To Win New Zealand men’s coach Peter McIntyre has fired an Anzac Day warning to the three Australian opens teams for this week’s Trans-Tasman Touch series in Mudgee – “We’re coming to win.” The kiwis arrived in Mudgee yesterday following a weekend training camp fine tuning their skills for the three-match Test series. Twins Will Have Kiwis Seeing Double Tomorrow night will be family night for the Etheridge household. Twin sisters Nikki and Gemma will play together for the first time in the Australian mixed opens side. An Honour To Lead Team: Graham Representing your country is one thing, captaining them is completely different. New Zealand’s Mita Graham will lead the men’s side into battle for the first time of his touch football career when they play Australia tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8.40pm in Mudgee. Australia Name Teams For Mudgee Clash Expect to see quick, skillful and thrilling touch football when the two best teams in the world renew their rivalry at Mudgee in a fortnight’s time. Australia and New Zealand will go head-to-head in the Trans-Tasman Test Series to be played over three days at Glen Willow from April 26. Lovett loves a challengeHe has been a success at the youth level but Michael Lovett will be stepping into unfamiliar territory at Mudgee next week. Get into sport, touch players tell studentsSt Matthew’s students were treated to a visit from the men in green and gold last Friday when two touch football players from the Australian Trans- Tasman Test Series team addressed the school assembly. impresses Trans-Tasman visitorsAlthough New Zealand’s Touch Blacks returned home with no trophies after the Trans-Tasman Series held in Mudgee on the weekend, players left with favourable impressions of Mudgee – and promises to return. The next players in line to help Australian women’s teamTwo 17-year-olds will make their opens debut for Australia as the women’s touch football side goes through a transitional phase ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Trio keen to run all over New Zealand, againSutherland Shire touch footballers Matt Tope, Steve Roberts and Stuart Brierty have been selected for the Australian touch team to play New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Series. Australian team member Kelly Woods from Ipswich ready to take on New Zealand in touch football clashRenewing her decade-long trans-Tasman rivalry against New Zealand in the Mudgee touch football clash this weekend, Kelly Woods said the path to lofty heights of representing Australia began on the grass at North Ipswich. Young High regional royalty again!Young High School has once again been crowned regional winners at the NSW Touch Association Jerrabomberra Touch Carnival. Two teams from the school attended the day and all players exhibited exceptional skill and sportsmanship. Both teams made it into the finals which was a sensational effort for the school. Touch Me If You Can Ben Moylan has been making more than a tap — he’s been making a big impact at the touch football caper. Touch Trio In National Squads Three Toowoomba players have earned selection in Australian touch football teams for this month’s trans-Tasman series against New Zealand in New South Wales. World Cup winner Emilee Cherry has kept her place in the women’s open squad while Nikki and Gemma Etheridge have gained places in the mixed open squad. St Kilda Sports Star To Line Up For Australia A star turn by Leah Percy at last month’s National Touch Championships has been rewarded. Percy, a midfielder, was named the player of the series after leading Victoria to a third-place finish, the best Victoria has had. Mudgee, Dunedoo Students In Representative Teams Mudgee and Dunedoo high school students have been chosen in the Western Region’s Combined High Schools touch football teams to contest the NSWCHS later this term. Australia Storm Home To Claim  Series In MudgeeAustralia made it a trifecta of wins in the third Test of the 2012 Trans-Tasman Touch Football Series at Mudgee, which resulted in the green and golds claiming all three open divisions.Australia were simply too good for New Zealand on the final day with the mixed winning 10-8, the women’s 7-3 and the men’s 11-3. Reps Expecting Tight Tests With Kiwis Illawarra Mercury, 12/04/2012 Wollongong will have its strong touch football connections on show later this month when four representatives compete against New Zealand. Terry Deegan (men’s), Michael Chapman (mixed) and Jess McCall and Bianca Mounsey (women’s) will be part of Australia’s three-pronged series against the Kiwis in Mudgee. Chapman and Mounsey are among 16 debutants. “I’ve played a couple of times but it’s all been juniors – this is my first open squad,” Chapman said. “I’m pretty happy with being selected. It’s a big achievement and it’s obviously the next step in my touch career. “I’ve always been counting on being in the Australian side in the next few years but I didn’t think it would come so soon. “Hopefully this paves the way for the next few campaigns as well.” The three-Test series will be the first since the 2011 World Cup finals, when Australia narrowly won each division. Australia also took a clean sweep in the 2009 and 2010 Trans Tasman Series. McCall said Australia needed to adapt quickly to the influx of debutants. “In the women’s, there’s only seven of us left from the World Cup team last year due to injuries, pregnancies or retirements. There’s nine new players,” she said. “It’s a fresh start for us, and because the team only got picked recently and the competition’s less than 20 days away, getting to know how one another play is probably the biggest challenge. “New Zealand are always strong, no matter where or when we play them. “They’re always a tough opposition but hopefully we will get away with the win.” The series will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from April 26 to April 28. Sisters To Pose Double Trouble The Toowoomba Chronicle, 20/04/2012 Nikki and Gemma Etheridge have come a long way since playing touch football as kids in the backyard. The 25-year-old twin sisters have reached the elite level of their sport, representing Australia in the 2012 Trans-Tasman Series. Nikki and Gemma will be part of the open mixed team for the three-game series against New Zealand starting in Mudgee on Thursday. The Etheridges have both represented Australia in the under-18s but this is the first time they’ve had the chance to play together at open level. “It’s very competitive in our household,” Gemma said. “If one of us makes the team and the other one doesn’t, it’s a bit disheartening. We were jumping around in the lounge room (when we heard we’d both made it).” For Gemma, it is an honour that has been a long time coming. She has been named in the Australian squad twice before, only to miss out with a horror run of injuries. “It’s exciting for me after being so close for so many times,” Gemma said. “I’ve been in the squad before but then I did my knee and had a knee reconstruction. “Then I got back in the squad and broke my leg. It’s a good ending to some hard years really.” Nikki, on the other hand, has been a regular member of the Australian squad since the Trans-Tasman Series began in 2009. The Aussies have had the wood on the Kiwis, winning both series and last year’s World Cup, and Nikki admitted the pressure was on to keep their winning streak alive. “It’s always a good grudge match,” she said. “I played in the last two Trans Tasmans (and) it’s a very physical game. They don’t mind putting the shoulders in.” Australia will field a new-look open mixed side with nine players, including Gemma, set to make their green and gold debuts. They will have just two training camps before the series starts and Nikki admitted that even her combination with her sister might take some time to gel. “It’s a short preparation. We haven’t really been together as a team yet,” Nikki said. “We play a lot of women’s rather than mixed so it’s a whole new concept we have to get used to as well. We’ll at least be able to play at the same time on the field.” Despite the pressures of representing their country, the twins said they planned to make the most of the experience. “It’s exciting to play for Australia,” Nikki said. “To stand and sing the national anthem and watch the haka – it’s not something that you get to see all the time.” Touch FootballCentral Western Daily, 21/04/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: If the New Zealand mixed open touch football side does well at next week’s 2012 Trans Tasman Series, they can thank Tori Moore for their preparation.The Orange touch footballer will play with the NSW mixed open side when they take on their New Zealand counterparts in a trial match tomorrow.Moore has been given the chance to play the trial game after being selected in the NSW mixed open squad following the National Touch League in March.”It would be great if we beat them,” Moore said.The Trans Tasman Series is being played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Sporting Complex from April 26 to 28.Australia and New Zealand will clash in the men’s, women’s and mixed open divisions over the three days.The Australian and New Zealand players will march in the ANZAC Day parade on Wednesday.Australian Touch Footy Rep Just one country player has made it into the Australian Mixed Touch Football team ahead of a three-test match series starting later this month. And, you guessed it, she comes from the Mid North Coast. They Are Often The Most Disliked People… Dubbo Daily Liberal, 25/04/2012 They are often the most disliked people on a sporting field but referees are a necessity. And if you are good at the job, the art of whistleblowing can be quite rewarding. Just ask Mick Medlin, who will referee at his second Trans-Tasman touch football championships at Mudgee this weekend. In his younger days Medlin plied his trade as a player but now he is more comfortable with whistle in hand. Refereeing has taken him to all parts of the world and he admits he has reached a much higher level than he would have as a player. “I’ve done two World Cups in South Africa and New Zealand, this is my second Trans-Tasman series and I’ve reffed at 14-straight national championships,” he said. “I used to play but I got a couple of bad injuries and when you get the level 6 as a referee they encourage you not to play. But I love the game and without the refs it wouldn’t happen so I’m still playing my part and being involved.” The Trans-Tasman series consists of three games per day this Thursday, Friday and Saturday – one in each of the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Medlin will referee the mixed match on Thursday but hopes that by the end of the tournament he will have done well enough to officiate in a mens match. “There’s not many spots available at these events and they have a New Zealand ref coming over as well so that meant one less spot was available,” he said. “There will be a panel there that assesses the referees’ performances and hopefully by the end of it I am up to doing a mens match.” Medlin, spends his working hours as a station officer with the local fire brigade, only moved to Dubbo last year with his wife Corrine and their young family and he hopes having an official of his experience will help the local touch association. Arguably the fastest-growing sport in Dubbo, touch football is becoming increasingly popular and as a result more officials are always needed. “I’m hoping that I can help build the referee ranks here in Dubbo and get some of the locals up to the higher levels,” Medlin said. “Robbie McKechnie achieved his level four not long ago and hopefully we can get more people to that stage and even further.” Straight after Anzac Day the Trans-TasmanDubbo Daily Liberal, 25/04/2012STRAIGHT after Anzac Day the Trans-Tasman Touch Football Series will be played over three days at the Glen Willow Sporting Complex at Mudgee. Australia will play New Zealand in divisions for men, women and mixed open over Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a best of three series in each division. The rivalry between the two nations is as fierce as ever since the reintroduction of the Trans-Tasman Series in 2009. Australia is the current title holders in the Youth, Open and Masters divisions, having claimed these titles over the past two years. Australia is still on a high from its 2011 World Cup performance, which was played in Scotland, winning all three Open titles against the Kiwis and is hopeful of defending its Trans-Tasman title, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and cause an upset for the Australian teams in their own backyard. Players will also march in the Anzac Day parade in Mudgee today, prior to the event. It is symbolic that they will meet on the Anzac weekend, an occasion very special to both proud nations. Touch Football Australia chief executive officer Colm Maguire is looking forward to the series in Mudgee, saying that the facilities at the complex are first class. “I am sure that this multi-sport facility will appeal to many sports and I am sure Mudgee is going to see many large sporting events wanting to use Glen Willow. “We are thrilled to be one of the first sports to confirm our commitment to such a facility and believe this signals a strong return on investment for the vision of the Council,” Maguire said. “The time that they have put into bringing this facility into fruition has been outstanding, so just to be here and see what we’ll be playing on and what it will look like, undoubtedly it’s one of the best facilities in New South Wales, if not Australia.”Planning A Touch Up Sunshine Coast Daily 25/04/2012 TOUCH FOOTBALL: It would be hard to criticise veteran Australian representative Peta Rogerson for being cocky going into this week’s trans-Tasman series against New Zealand. In the history of matches between the two countries, the Kiwis have won only once. So if the script goes according to plan for Rogerson this week, the Aussies will again obliterate NZ and the 30-year-old will have done enough to show selectors that her legs are still fresh enough to see off younger challengers. Speaking in Sydney yesterday, the Nambour product said this Australian line-up did not want to be the one that lost a second match to the Kiwis. “Obviously, it (Australia’s winning streak) does add considerable pressure on to the team,” Rogerson said. “Our coach Peter Bell, who is based on the Sunshine Coast, has explained to us that we’re a new team and we’ve got to make our own history.” The series starts tomorrow and concludes on Saturday. If you see a story from your local media organisations about Touch Football and would like to see it on the Touch Football Australia website, please email [email protected]last_img read more

18 days agoJack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from struggling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from strugglingby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says Aston Villa are “so far away from struggling” in their return to the Premier League.The Villians recorded a 5-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, pushing them up to 15th on the Premier League table.Critics still believe Villa will be amongst the teams battling relegation, but Grealish begs to differ.”The manager told me before the game he wanted me to get a tap in, more than anything,” Grealish told the Birmingham Mail. “I told him after it wasn’t a tap in! It was actually a hard finish at the time.”I’m so happy to get the goal but the only thing I wanted was the win. It has been coming for a long time.”I sat down with Christian (Purslow) on Friday night and we had a chat. I was saying how sometimes you see things on social media and people talk about us, saying we are struggling. I think we are so far away from struggling. We have been unreal if anything”If you look at our games the only one we have struggled with is Spurs, where we should have lost. The rest of the games we have only lost by one goal. To get the win just tops it off.” last_img read more

George Fest An Evening To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison

first_imgGeorge Fest: An Evening To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison will take place at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles On September 28.Among the stars who will perform are Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers & Mark Stoermer of The Killers, Ann Wilson of Heart, Wayne Coyne & Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips, Britt Daniel of Spoon, Weird Al Yankovic, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dhani Harrison, Ian Astbury, Butch Walker, Cold War Kids, Karen Elson, Brian Bell of Weezer, Big Black Delta, Chase Cohl, Jamestown Revival, Matt Sorum, Ryan Miller of Guster, The Black Ryder, Gingger Shankar And many more surprise guests.100% of ticket sales proceeds to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund via The Jameson Neighborhood Fund.Find out more here.last_img read more

Significant Digits For Friday Jan 30 2015

One more plea for the newsletter: Sign up for it now and be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. $50John Kerry, the United States secretary of state, owes the city of Boston a $50 fine for failing to shovel his sidewalk. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia — a nation not known for its snow-clearance legislation — as a blizzard struck New England this week. [The Boston Globe]63.9 percentThe home ownership rate is now at its lowest level since 1994, down to 63.9 percent in the final quarter of 2014. [Los Angeles Times]96 tonsAmount of dog poop generated in New York City each day. [FiveThirtyEight]98 percent of scientistsAbout 98 percent scientists say the public’s lack of knowledge about science is a problem, so why don’t you guys go learn a book or something, geez. [Re/code]3,000 storiesI thought I was safe in journalism — I’d picked a good field, one that couldn’t be automated. I was wrong. The Associated Press is already automatically generating 3,000 stories each quarter. Right now, those stories are about companies’ quarterly earnings, but who knows when the robots will move on to the dog poop beat. [The Verge]$1.3 billionNew York City cultural institutions spent $1.3 billion on new construction over the past five years on projects including the expansion of the Queens Museum and the renovation of the fountains at the Met. In 2014, construction expenditures were up 46 percent from 2013 to $208 million. [Crain’s New York] You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe.9 communications majors It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that the notoriously taciturn Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is not among the nine communications majors taking the field in Super Bowl XLIX. Playboy broke down the college majors of every player in this year’s game, and communications came out as the most popular course of study, with nine players, followed by sociology and general studies, with seven players each. [Playboy]11.8 percentAccording to the NFL, concussions decreased by 11.8 percent this season compared to last year, to 202 from 229. [The New York Times]14 percent riseThe average American office worker spends nine hours each week in meetings or thinking about meetings, up 14 percent from four years ago. [NPR]25 megabits per secondThe Federal Communications Commission raised the bar on the download speeds for “broadband” Internet to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) from 4 Mbps. Under the previous standard, 6.3 percent of households didn’t have broadband. Now 19.4 percent don’t. [Ubergizmo] read more

Ronaldo insists penalty call was correct

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has defended referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award Real Madrid an injury-time penalty, which he scored to send the club to the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueJuventus had produced a stunning comeback against the title-holders at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night and had leveled the aggregate scoreline at 3-3 between the two sides, after a Mario Mandzukic brace and a Blaise Matuidi second-half goal.Yet all that was undone in the final moments of the second leg, when Oliver awarded the hosts a late penalty after Lucas Vazquez was fouled by Mehdi Benatia in the third minute of added time.After Gianluigi Buffon had been sent off for strongly protesting the decision, Ronaldo held his nerve and fired past the helpless substitute Wojciech Szczesny to send Real into Friday’s semi-final draw.“I don’t understand why they are protesting,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“Lucas was tackled from behind and if they don’t give him the penalty, it’s a goal.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The pulse increased, but I calmed down, and I knew I’d be decisive.”The Portuguese star acknowledged the threat that Juventus had been for Real and revealed his gratitude that they had managed to reach the semi-finals, despite a 3-1 defeat on the night.“We have suffered, but it helps us to learn,” admitted Ronaldo.“In football, nothing is given away, you have to fight until the end.“Madrid could’ve scored more goals but Juve and Buffon were good.”last_img read more

Smith insists Villa are making progress

first_imgNewly appointed Aston Villa manager Dean Smith insists the club is making progress on the pitch despite losing their last two games in the Sky Bet Championship.Smith was appointed to replace former Villa boss Steve Bruce who was sacked after a bad spell of games for the club.Despite winning his first game in charge, a 1-0 victory the former Brentford manager has seen his team lose two on the bounce after their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Norwich City was followed by another narrow 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers on Friday night.The Villans have won just one of their lasts seven games across all competitions but Smith insists he has seen positive signs in his three matches in charge.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“In the short time we’ve worked together there’s a good structure about us, we just haven’t put the finishing touch to it,” he said, according to Sports Mole.“We played well and didn’t deserve to come away with nothing from this game.”“We created chances and gave away a poor goal. I think if we score at any time during the game tonight we go on and win it.”“We dominated the game for long periods and created big chances we didn’t take. QPR were very fortunate.”last_img read more