‘Play it, Live it, Love it!’ – 2008 Masters Games

first_imgThe 6th Pan Pacific Masters Games will be held from 1 to 9 November 2008 on the magnificent Gold Coast.An anticipated 10,000 participants from all over the world will compete in the multi-sport event which has stamped itself on the calendar at the beginning of November every two years.In 2008, 34 sports will be on the program with team sports including softball, touch football, soccer, basketball and baseball to individual sports ranging from swimming, athletics, archery and tennis.No qualifying standards or times are required to enter the Masters Games. The only criteria is that participants meet the minimum age requirement for their respective sport, which for the majority is 30 years of age. Participants compete in their age group ensuring that the sport is played fairly, competitively and in tremendous spirit.The slogan of the Pan Pacific Masters Games is ‘Play it, Live it, Love it!’ which encapsulates its competitive, participatory and social environment.The Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre will be the official Games Village for the 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games. It will feature live nightly entertainment, a sport’s expo, fully catered hospitality and a venue for the Games sportspeople to socialise, meet up and enjoy the camaraderie the event is renowned for. The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is an award winning multi-purpose venue that is close to accommodation, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, the beach and central to the Pan Pacific Masters Games sport’s venues.Pan Pacific Masters Games services including registration, timetables, photography and exhibitors featuring sporting products and event merchandise are all located within the Games Village.The Pan Pacific Masters Games began on the Gold Coast in 1996 as the Queensland Masters Games, before undergoing a transition in 1998 to become the larger Asia Pacific Masters Games. The Asia Pacific Masters Games were held three times on the Gold Coast in 1998, 2000 and 2002.With the growth of the event and increased interest from Asia, Japan, the Americas, Oceania and New Zealand, the Games were renamed in 2002 to the Pan Pacific Masters Games. The 2006 Pan Pacific Masters Games attracted almost 10,000 participants who enjoyed the week long festival of sport and social activities.The 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games is another major event managed and presented by Queensland Events Gold Coast – a wholly owned subsidiary of Queensland Events.For more information about the 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games:Visit www.mastersgames.com.auPhone +61 7 5564 8733, Fax +61 7 5564 9733 , Email: [email protected]last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool ace Salah: My father sacrificed so much for me

first_imgLiverpool ace Salah: My father sacrificed so much for meby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Mohamed Salah has paid tribute to his father for the success he has enjoyed over the last 18 months.Salah says his father paid a high price for him, and he is very grateful.He told GQ: “I would complain that I didn’t want to travel [the four hours] to training.”But he stood by me and told me that all great players go through this. “The price for him was very high, and I’ll never forget the role he played in my career.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoArsenal captain Koscielny: We must stick together

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal captain Koscielny: We must stick togetherby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal captain Laurent Koscielny called for unity after defeat at West Ham.Declan Rice proved West Ham’s matchwinner on the day.Koscielny said: “We came here to win because for us the three points was very important, and next week as well to play against Chelsea. We tried to play, we did well in the first half but didn’t have a lot of chances in the final third. We need to keep calmer in the final third and find the final ball, but in the second half we didn’t start well and conceded early. “After that we tried to push for the rest of the game, we had some chances and we didn’t score so it is difficult to come back with no points but we need two continue to fight to make the top four.”We are all together, it is not down to] one or two players, we are a group and we need to stay together and to push more for the next game.” last_img read more

Ohio State Football Cancels Media Session, Rumors Swirling Of Possible Major Injury

first_imgNoah Brown making a great catch at Ohio State practice.Noah Brown Ohio StateUpdate No. 2: Urban Meyer has confirmed that sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown broke his leg at practice and will have surgery. Urban Meyer just confirmed for me Noah Brown has broken leg, will undergo surgery, full recovery expected. story at http://t.co/x610tIOIt0— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 27, 2015Update: Multiple reports state that Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown suffered a major leg injury at practice tonight. Our understanding is that Noah Brown was injured at #Buckeye practice tonight. EMT’s responded to a call at OSU at 6:37.— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) August 26, 2015Earlier: Various Ohio State football players and coaches were scheduled to meet with the media this evening after practice. Interviews have been cancelled. According to multiple reporters at the Buckeyes’ facility, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the mood is extremely somber. A player was reportedly carted off the field and rumors of a major injury to a Buckeye are swirling. Bad vibes here at OSU. Interviews cancelled. Looked to be a player carted off.— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) August 26, 2015It was a strange mood as soon as we walked onto the practice field. Players were all very quiet, just sitting on the bench. No jokes.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy_) August 26, 2015Ohio State abruptly cancelled interviews and people in this building look like they got the wind knocked out of them.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver Corey Smith Jr. posted the following tweet. Count yo blessings at all times NB I got bro— Corey Smith Jr (@dreamchaser_cj5) August 26, 2015That seems to be a reference to wide receiver Noah Brown, who was having a tremendous training camp.Per Corey Smith’s tweet, it sounds like WR Noah Brown, who was having an amazing camp, may have been injured.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver coach Zach Smith has also tweeted.This is not our plan… This is God’s plan. Have to have #Faith in His plan and stay true to Him – It will all work out in the end.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) August 26, 2015Brown, a sophomore, played in 13 games as a true freshman in 2014. He appeared to be on the verge of a breakout season this fall.  More to follow.last_img read more

First phase rerun EC removes Malda SP 3 days before polls

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Saturday removed Malda Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh and resisted him from performing any poll duty. Ajoy Prasad, commandant of the State Armed Police (Second Battalion), was asked to take charge of the district, latest by 10 am on Sunday.The five Lok Sabha constituencies of Malda North, Malda South, Balurghat, Jangipur and Murshidabad will be going to polls on Tuesday, April 23. Incidentally, the Malda SP happens to be the sixth IPS officer to be removed, including the Commissioners of Kolkata Police and Bidhannagar City Police, after the announcement of polls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe removal of Ghosh barely three days before the polls in the district is reminiscent of a similar move by the EC just two days before the first phase of polls, when Cooch Behar SP Avishek Gupta was removed. Sources in the Commission said that BJP had raised allegation against Ghosh because he was just two months short of the ECI mandated ‘three years term in the same post’. Incidentally, in 2016 Ghosh – the then SP of South Dinajpur, was removed before the Assembly polls. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPrasad, who is taking charge of Malda, is a 2010 batch IPS officer and had served as Special Superintendent in the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the Commission is satisfied with the scrutiny of the first phase of polls in Cooch Behar and will write to the EC for holding re-poll in only one booth at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar. The BJP has demanded re-poll for 350 booths in Cooch Behar but the Commission, after two rounds of scrutiny, has disagreed. Meanwhile, Special Observer for Bengal Ajoy V Nayak said on Saturday that the condition of Bengal is similar to that of Bihar 10-15 years ago. “This is not good for democracy. The people and the political parties of Bihar had understood that the situation could not continue and so there was a change,” he said. When asked about the deployment of force, the Special Observer who was instrumental in conducting the 2015 Bihar election successfully, said: “At present we have a force that is enough to cover more than 92 percent of the booths. We have a target of making it 100 percent. But this not good for a healthy democratic situation,” he added.last_img read more

Amedeo Della Valle to leave Ohio State pursue professional basketball career in

Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle (33) attempts a lay up during a game against Iowa Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAmedeo Della Valle’s days in the Scarlet and Gray are finished.The Ohio State sophomore guard sent a message from his personal Twitter account Saturday afternoon announcing his intentions to head back to Europe to pursue a career in professional basketball.“I wouldn’t trade this experience with anything else, B1G Champions, the run to the Elite 8, the 12-0 year, man that was special,” a screenshotted message from Della Valle’s account, @Ame_DV_33, read. “First of all mom, dad thank you for being on my side. I would like to thank not only my teammates but also the coaching staff that really helped me improve, you know without all the hard work I wouldn’t have been able to win the Mvp in the europe and compete in the B1G. To my friends THANK YOU, you guys made it special for me and will always have you for the rest of my life. I want to thank the best fans in the land. It is now time for me to begin new experiences as I decided to head back to Europe to continue to play PRO basketball.”An OSU athletic spokesman confirmed via email Della Valle’s departure to The Lantern Saturday.OSU coach Thad Matta said Della Valle informed Matta and the rest of the staff Saturday afternoon, according to an OSU press release.“Amedeo is passionate about the game of basketball and wants to return to Europe to pursue a professional career,” Matta said. “We appreciate all the work he put in to make our team better over the last two years. We wish him well.”Della Valle averaged 4.0 points per game this season off the bench, missing two of OSU’s 35 games because of a knee injury. A supposed three-point specialist from Alba, Italy, Della Valle shot just 32.4 percent (24/74) from beyond the arc this season.He averaged only 11.9 minutes per game this season for the Buckeyes (25-10, 12-9), who bowed out to Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday, 60-59.After averaging 13 points per game at the U20 Euro Championships in summer 2013, Della Valle earned Most Valuable Player honors.With his departure, including the graduation of senior guard Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., OSU is set to have just 11 scholarship players on roster with the four players — guard D’Angelo Russell, forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate and center David Bell — and that number could be smaller if junior forward LaQuinton Ross declares for the NBA Draft. Ross said after the Dayton loss he’d make a decision on his future “in the next few weeks.”Programs are allowed 13 scholarship players per season in college basketball.Della Valle did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment Saturday. read more

Football How offensive coordinator Kevin Wilsons offense at Indiana translates to Ohio

OSU co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson works with redshirt freshman tight end Luke Farrell during the opening spring practice for the 2017 season on March 7. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorIt is no secret that Ohio State’s offense over the past several years has been heavily scrutinized by the fanbase.Now that Ohio State has hired a new offensive coordinator, all eyes will be on Kevin Wilson in his debut season as he tries to appease those cries for an improved offense. But with Wilson leaving Indiana for Columbus, many are probably wondering how this new offense will look. QuarterbacksCalling the plays for redshirt senior J.T. Barrett, Wilson will be presented with a new style of quarterback to work with. Over his six seasons at the helm of the Hoosiers, Wilson has coached 15 different quarterbacks, who have amassed a total of 1,820 rushing yards. Barrett has 2,465 rushing yards in three seasons. While mobile quarterbacks have never been a major part of Wilson’s offensive arsenal at Indiana, his signal-callers have always seemed to find success in the passing game. Since 2011, Wilson’s offense has led the Big Ten in passing yards three of the six seasons (2012, 2013, 2015) and finished second in 2016. In four of Wilson’s six seasons at Indiana, the Hoosiers’ aerial attack tallied at least 3,000 yards, a feat the Buckeyes have accomplished only once in the Urban Meyer era (2014). Twice, that milestone was reached by just one quarterback (Richard Lagow with 3,362 in 2016; Nate Sudfeld with 3,573 in 2015), without the assistance of a backup quarterback. While Wilson will likely conform a little to Barrett’s game and coach a more mobile quarterback, his track record indicates that Barrett might be counted on for a little more production in the passing game. Wide ReceiversSince 2011 Wilson’s first season as a head coach, 80.6 percent of Indiana’s receiving yards have been tallied by wide receivers. With wideouts like now-Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer and now-Jacksonville Jaguars pass-catcher Shane Wynn, the Hoosiers had for several seasons one of the more potent receiving corps in the Big Ten. This provided their quarterbacks — including Sudfeld, who now plays for the Washington Redskins — plenty of opportunities to air it out.During Wilson’s tenure, wide receivers averaged 13.6 yards per catch. Wideouts totaled at least 2,600 receiving yards, twice surpassing the milestone of 3,000, in four of Wilson’s six years.In Meyer’s first five seasons at Ohio State, wideouts have only accounted for 69.7 percent of all receiving yards, and just 64.4 percent of all receptions.With a wide array of wide receiving options available next season, including redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon, sophomore Binjimen Victor, redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill and redshirt junior Terry McLaurin at his disposal, Wilson can be counted on to make the Buckeye wideouts more heavily involved than in past offensive schemes. Tight EndsThis season, Meyer and Wilson will feature four former four-star recruits at tight end, including trusted senior Marcus Baugh, who will have to shoulder much of the burden with redshirt sophomore A.J. Alexander out for the season with a knee injury. And Buckeye fans should expect to see Wilson target those tight ends frequently when his offense gets near the end zone. Though Indiana tight ends tallied only 9 percent of total receiving yards during Wilson’s tenure, they accounted for 15.2 percent of the program’s receiving touchdowns over the past six seasons. The biggest season for Hoosier tight ends came in 2015, when they were on the receiving end of 18.5 percent of the team’s passing touchdowns that season and 13 percent of all receptions. Wilson’s tendency to distribute the ball to his tight ends might turn around a trend of reduced tight end usage by the Buckeyes over the past two seasons. After a 2014 season when the position was heavily involved, accounting for 19 percent of all touchdown receptions and 11 percent of all total yards, Barrett has not been targeting tight ends over the past two seasons, as they have only caught 4.4 percent of passing touchdowns and 9.4 percent of receiving yards.Running BacksSince Wilson took over the Hoosiers, no position has been drafted as frequently as the running back position at Indiana, with Jordan Howard going in the fifth round of the 2016 draft and Tevin Coleman going in the third round of the 2015 draft. Despite the individual success of Howard and Coleman, a rush-based offense was never something Wilson ran on. Still, the Hoosiers twice finished in the top three for total rushing yards in the Big Ten (second place in 2015, third in 2014). However, the ground game for Indiana dropped off a bit in 2016 as it finished 11th in the conference with only 1,979 yards (3.7 yards per carry).Running backs have also not proven to be a featured part of the passing game at Indiana, like they have at Ohio State. The position accounted for only 15.8 percent of all receptions, 10.5 percent of all receiving yards and just 7.2 percent of receiving touchdowns over the past six seasons. Wilson’s reluctance to fully utilize the ground game stands in stark contrast to Meyer’s track record of keeping the backs busy in both the rushing and passing game. Since 2012, 16.3 percent of all receiving yards, 21.9 percent of all receptions and 12.0 percent of all touchdown catches have come from Meyer’s running backs.Part of the reason for this has been Meyer’s consistent inclusion of an H-back, with Curtis Samuel being the most prominent example of this role. Samuel led the Buckeyes with 865 receiving yards a season ago, and finished fourth in 2015. It awaits to be seen exactly how Wilson features the running backs in 2017 and beyond, but Meyer’s past track record of keeping running backs heavily involved could mean Wilson will need to work on utilizing them in his offensive schemes a little bit more than in past years. read more

Wrestling Ohio State believes dual meet with Penn State a missed opportunity

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder runs out of the tunnel prior to his match in the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team will take on No. 1 Penn State on the road Saturday night, yet the highly anticipated meet will not take place in the largest sports facility on the Nittany Lions’ campus. The Rec Hall, the location for the meet, holds 6,502 people. That capacity is much lower than the amount of people that fit in Ohio State’s home arenas — the Schottenstein Center or St. John Arena. Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan view the smaller venue as a missed opportunity. “Unfortunately the opposing team doesn’t get to pick the venue. I think that an event like this can sell 45-, 50-thousand tickets,” said Ryan. A basketball game at the Bryce Jordan Center Saturday prevents the meet from being held in the 15,261 seat arena. Basketball, along with football, are the main sources of income for college athletic programs. Ryan believes the amount of revenue sports can grow.“College wrestling needs to move to a place where there is season ending significance,” said Ryan. “When we get there, I think that it will add to the excitement.”Ryan thinks wrestling can become popularized enough to turn a profit, and he believes it will not happen until everyone surrounding the sport adjusts their mindset. “Wrestling can become a revenue-generating sport if we start to think like people that want it to be,” Ryan said. “If it was here, I would’ve asked [Athletic Director] Gene [Smith] to do what he can to have it here in the Schott,” said Ryan.On ticket app Seatgeek, the cheapest secondary market ticket available for the meet is $56, and many tickets are priced for more than $100. Since the high-profile nature of the matchup and the small venue, wrestling fans must pay more than usual to see the meet, leading to casual fans passing up the opportunity to watch the nation’s top-two teams battle.“I believe that the event has to have more significance than that evening. If you study any organization, any TV show, any show that has a following, there’s something else coming,” Ryan said.Ohio State senior top-ranked heavyweight Kyle Snyder agreed with Ryan, explaining his dream idea for what this meet could have been. “I wish it was a bigger venue,” Snyder said. “But it’d be cool if we had it in like a neutral arena that was 35, 40,000 people cause I think we would sell that out. I think we could sell out a 50,000 person arena for this match.”With all this being said, Ryan is still hyped up for this showdown.“I’ve been doing this for a long time. These are the events that, man what a blessing. How can you not be excited to watch 20 really high-level guys fight it out.” read more

Lukaku Pogba Martial and Lingard wont start season – Ian Wright

first_imgFootball pundit Ian Wright has warned that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s thoughts about looking towards October could be threatening, stating that Manchester City – who’ve already won this season’s Community Shield appears ready to pick up where they stopped.While speaking at Sky Sports The Debate, Wright said:“You are expecting Man United to do a lot more business and they’ve made no secret of the fact they were after centre-halves. They chased down Harry Maguire and were interested in Toby Alderweireld and you’d have though they probably might have got one of those two. But he is saying about judging in November; I think when you look at Manchester City’s start, they look really invigorated already.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“If you look at the next six games after the Arsenal game, by October, they could literally win all of those games. Man United are going to have to have some players who are going to be rested and they are going to need to start really quickly. I think Lukaku probably won’t start the season, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba probably won’t start the season, Lingard probably won’t start the season. It’s going to be an interesting start for them.He continued: “Even with Pogba winning the World Cup, the comments he made…to poo-poo someone who has won the World Cup, you want to try and give him as much confidence, as much leeway to come and inspire your team to kick on like that, you just wonder why he does that. I’ve got a lot of time for Jose but he says things and I just wonder why would you say that?”last_img read more

Manchester United plan backroom restructure

first_imgManchester United are planning to appoint a director of football as part of the club’s restructuring, according to The Guardian.United are looking to install a director of football position for the first time in the 140-year history of the club. There’s is a recognition among the club’s hierarchy that times have changed in the game of football and appointing a director of football would help the club get to the next level.The move is expected to help the club continue their football style and ethos, as well as provide a more streamlined transfer policy.United had a disappointing transfer window this summer with manager Jose Mourinho keen to sign a new central defender and club Chief Executive Ed Woodward refusing to spend exorbitant amount on that position in the team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The United gaffer targeted Leicester City’s Harry Maguire or Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin but Ed Woodward was reluctant to shell out money on either as he believed they won’t be an upgrade on the current crop of defenders at the club.A director of football is expected to act as the middleman between the club and manager with a preference on maintaining the club’s style and ethos. This would provide the club with a blueprint of how to recruit future managers and players.It remains unclear as to how Jose will react to the club’s proposal to appoint a director of football, especially if it takes place during his tenure.There’s understanding that the club’s Chief Executive Ed Woodward would remain in charge of transfers should United appoint a director of football.last_img read more