SAN JOSE — The Sharks may have found a creative, albeit simple, solution to the problems they’ve had almost all season with their fourth line.For Saturday’s game at SAP Center with the New York Islanders, Sharks coach Pete DeBoer once again dressed seven defensemen and just 11 forwards with the belief that the setup strengthens the depth of his lineup.The Sharks played Tim Heed as a seventh defenseman for the second straight game. Tomas Hertl and Melker Karlsson were both out with injuries, …
BRADENTON, Fla. – Practicing amid Florida’s serenity and sunshine is certainly not replicating what the 49ers are about to endure.Sunday, they’ll enter New Orleans’ Superdome, a spectacularly loud tomb.It’s about as polar opposite of conditions as, well, what the 49ers experienced after their last Florida layover between road games. Their 2016, hapless team went from a week in humid Orlando to snowy Chicago and lost 26-6.These 49ers (10-2) are much more travel tested, and they take a 5-1 …
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KidsXpress is the first childhood expressive therapy program in the world to combine drama, art, music, and play therapies. The 10-week program for four to 14 year-olds is transforming the lives of young people impacted by trauma, and providing creative ways for kids to cope with their feelings and experiences. The program is funded by donations and corporate supporters; KidsXpress has an inspirational vision to become national with therapy programs operating in each Australian state and territory.To help KidsXpress make their vision become reality, TFA partnered with the National Rugby League and the organisation to host the annual KidsXpress Touch of Colour corporate Touch Football tournament.A total of 20 Insurance companies/corporates featuring 22 former NRL players spliced among teams, rallied together to support this great cause on a balmy Sydney afternoon at Allianz Stadium recently. The format was a seven-a-side tournament of 10-minute games across four pools of five teams.The grand final conclusion came down to a dramatic and nail-bitting drop-off between Jason Kingâ€™s (ex-Manly) reigning champions, Lloyds Insurance and Paul Whatuira and Spark Helmore with Lloyds Insurance prevailing after a five minute three on three contest to determine the winner. â€œToday has been an extraordinary day – a day that changes lives,â€ Margo Ward, CEO and Founder of KidsXpress reflected as the sun set and the players relaxed and mingled with drinks and nibbles, celebrating a successful day.â€œWe are all here to have a great time; but it is a day that means so much to kids of our community that really need our support, because their problems are just too big to handle themselves,â€ she added.â€œThis is the second instalment of the KidsXpress Touch of Colour day and NRL players come together so willingly to give their time, to spend time with the kids that were here today, and to play Touch Football with the 20 companies that took the day off work to take part.Margo continued: â€œThere is no way we could do it without TFAâ€™s support. It is just extraordinary and I simply canâ€™t thank you enough,â€ she added while signalling the wrap-up of a fantastic day. Joining Margo in her praise was another key contributor; and the event owes much to his coordination and support of the event.â€œIâ€™m very pleased to be part of the event today to support kids who are doing it very tough and raise some of those much-needed funds. The best thing about the day is the vibe that it brings- everyone is here in the same mindset enjoying the company of others,â€ Frank Puletua, former Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs player continued.â€œWeâ€™re here to raise awareness and funds for KidsXpress. I was really looking forward to this, I had my first KidsXpress last year, and this yearâ€™s was just as great,â€ Tony Puletua, former Penrith Panthers player told us.â€œKidsXpress is a great foundation and fantastic initiative to incorporate all of these insurance/other companies and have a fun day out. It was nice and sunny today and we all had a great time playing on our teams, but at the end of the day itâ€™s all about raising the funds for the kids and making sure theyâ€™re looked after,â€ Anthony Quinn, former Newcastle Knights and Melbourne Storm player said.â€œThe day has raised over $132,000 that will go to kids who have suffered domestic violence or struggle with other mental health issues. There were a lot of people here and a lot of teams came together and played some touch for a great cause,â€ Paul Whatuira told us. To thank everyone involved, KidsXpress shared this painting by Max, aged 10. It is entitled â€˜â€™NRL Grand Finalâ€™. Maxâ€™s painting and accompanying short story demonstrates how KidsXpress can support Aussie kids who are facing difficulties in their life.Maxâ€™s dad died of lung cancer a year ago. His parents had been separated two years prior to this tragic event. There is ongoing conflict between Maxâ€™s late dadâ€™s family and mum – although mum tries to keep her children out of the conflict, the kids are aware of the tension and rarely see their grandparents. Maxâ€™s behaviour regressed and he suffered nightmares. Initially, Max refused to mention his dad until he started painting and creating stories which all revolved around watching football games with his dad. This then allowed Max to talk freely about his memories of his dad and his love for him.Weâ€™re already looking forward to next year to support more kids like Max.The final words fittingly go to James Telford the pioneer and driving force of the Touch Football program and event.â€œOn behalf of the TOC committee, I wanted to send thanks to everyone involved last Friday.It was an amazing event and after only two years we have raised a whopping $250,000 for KidsXpress. In a word. Amazing.Related LinkskidsXpress
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ajax defender De Ligt beats Alexander-Arnold to Golden Boy awardby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax defender Matthijs De Ligt is this year’s Golden Boy.The youngster won the award, which is given out by Italian paper Tuttosport.The 19-year-old has been linked to big clubs in the past few months, such as Barcelona and Juventus.He finished ahead of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in the voting.”I’m really happy and also very proud to have won this trophy, particularly when I look at who has won it before me,” De Ligt told Tuttosport. “It’s almost incredible to see my name added to a list which includes [Paul] Pogba, Mbappe, [Lionel] Messi and [Rafael] van der Vaart. Amazing.”I know who won this prize almost by heart and to be honest, I appreciate it a lot. There are lots of very big names on the list, but if I were to name one, then Messi stands out for me. “Everybody recognises what he has done for and in football. I really like him a lot as a footballer so I’m very proud to have won the same trophy which he lifted before me, 13 years ago, when I was only six.”
Man Utd loanee Mitchell: Boys tell me they’re loving Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United loanee Demetri Mitchell has spoken about the recent managerial change at Old Trafford.The youngster, who was given his debut by Jose Mourinho, has has mentioned how happy the players seem under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United have won all six games since Solskjaer took over the job.Mitchell, who is on loan at Hearts, said to the Daily Record: “It’s all change at Old Trafford now and the boys are telling me they are enjoying it. Everyone has smiles on their faces and you can see that with the way they’re playing.”You can see Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford playing fluidly and smiling. It’s all good when you are playing football with a smile on your face. Ole is doing a good job.”I’m at Hearts and I’m trying to make an impact and show what I can do here as much as possible.”There are people at United who look after the players who are out on loan. They give you constructive criticism on all games. They use Wyscout and I’m sure Hearts also send them the footage as well.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Through six weeks of the college football season, the field is wide open. Some normal powerhouses, like Auburn and Oregon, are performing way below expectations, while teams like Michigan and Utah have exploded onto the scene, and are real threats to win their leagues. There are surprises everywhere in the sport this year, and they have shifted how we view the individual conferences, and the divisions within them. The Pac-12 South, which has been competing with the SEC West for top billing in recent years, isn’t quite what we thought it’d be, while a strong Michigan does a ton to raise the profile of the Big Ten East. Which divisions have thrived this season, and which are lagging behind? Which group has the deepest and most talented roster of teams, so far in 2015? Here is our ranking of college football’s divisions this season.9. ACC CoastalDespite their last-place ranking here, the ACC Coastal could legitimately place six teams in bowls this season. The problem is, at this point, it’s hard to tell if anyone in the division is anything more than above-average on a national scale. Outside of Virginia, which is yet to beat an FBS opponent, every team looks okay, but only one is ranked.Blue Devils make their first AP appearance of the year – No. 25 this week for #Duke https://t.co/C3JZdX8k91— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) October 11, 2015Duke continues to impress under program savior David Cutcliffe. At 5-1, its only loss was against a very good Northwestern team. The signature win thus far is probably the one over Georgia Tech, which is a major problem for the division as a whole. Georgia Tech was supposed to be the standard bearer for the Coastal and a trendy pick to take down Florida State and Clemson for the ACC crown before the season. Instead, the Yellow Jackets have been extremely disappointing, opening 2-3, also losing to middling UNC and, most recently, in a blowout to Clemson. Pitt and Virginia Tech are fine, but have been ravaged by injuries to their best players, while Miami looks about as average as it usually does under Al Golden. Duke is a good team and a fine story, and outside of the Cavaliers, there are no outright bad teams here, but there are no good ones either, which is a major problem.Next: No. 8 Pac-12 North >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9
The year: 776 B.C. The place: Olympia, Greece.Under a banner of truce, the greatest athletes in the land gather together to glorify their deities in contests featuring feats of strength, speed and skill. Coroebus, a cook by trade, from the nearby city-state of Elis, was crowned the first Olympic champion after having won a footrace that spanned 210 yards. He was awarded a crown of olive wreathes.Flash forward to the year 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the western coast of Canada. American figure skater Johnny Weir takes to the ice wearing an outfit adorned with faux fox fur and enough shiny sequins to guide a mariner back to port on a dark night in choppy waters.To an Athenian warrior displaced in time, these winter Games would seem far removed from the original spirit of the Olympics. In fact, Weir and the rest of his figure-skating and ice-dancing ilk would probably have been the ones the ancient Greeks abandoned at birth to perish from exposure.And lest someone accuse me of ulterior motives in singling out the figure skaters, I assure you that by the end of the page, there will be enough mockery spread around for all. For these 2010 Winter Olympic Games are rife with mockable moments.It starts with the biathlon. While perhaps trying to recapture the martial spirit of the original Olympics, someone somewhere came up with the brilliant idea to simply introduce gunfire to an existing winter sport; namely, cross country skiing. Biathletes ski around the course, pausing at regular intervals to fire off some shots with the rifles they have strapped to their backs. Because skiing without guns is like, I don’t know, grocery shopping without guns. It doesn’t sound as ludicrous as it actually is until you try to envision Usain Bolt stopping between legs of the 4×400 relay to squeeze off a few rounds at some skeet.There is no shortage of jokes to be made at the expense of frozen shuffleboard, also known as curling. The first time I tried to watch this silly spectacle, I had to spend several moments trying to figure out if it was the German men’s or women’s teams competing. To the eternal sorrow of German men everywhere, it was the women.Then there are the sledding events. Don’t get me wrong, I fondly recall sledding as something fun to do at Blendon Woods when school got canceled. That does not mean that I can envision Leonidas’ mighty 300 clinging tightly to one another, luging their way two-by-two into the Hot Gates of Thermopylae to stave off Xerxes’ mighty Persian hordes.Or that those rugged Spartans would have welcomed into their midst the Olympic snowboarding contingent. It’s tough to imagine a Spartan unit led by Shaun “Flying Tomato” White or Scotty Lago, with their free-wheeling, Red Bull-drinking exploits.I enjoyed a personal moment of mean-spirited mirth Sunday evening when the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team defeated our 51st state, known in some circles as Canada. I reveled in the absolute devastation on the faces of the Canadian faithful as their “big brothers” to the south beat them down at their own game while mom and dad weren’t looking.Their pained expressions seemed to say, “You already have straight bacon and policemen who don’t look like Ronald McDonald on horseback; can’t we have anything for ourselves? We already gave you Celine Dion and Martin Short.”And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the interesting dress code for this year’s games. It can be summed up in one word: tacky. It’s bad enough that one of the ice dancers looked like he was actually wearing a dead, black swan for a costume. It was as though his dance partner had shoved him inside the swan to keep him warm from the ravages of the western-Canadian cold, a scene eerily reminiscent of Han Solo shoving Luke Skywalker inside the guts of a Tauntaun on the frozen ice-world of Hoth.But someone actually had to explain to the Russian ice-dancing duo that it might not be in good taste to dress up in fake-Aboriginal costumes with foliage stapled to them.You might be wondering where all the vitriol is coming from and why I don’t get caught up in the nationalistic fervor that generally accompanies the Olympic Games. Well, I’m willing to admit to the fact that my dabbles with winter sports have always ended in humiliation.The first time I was able to successfully ski down Mad River Mountain’s bunny hill, I nearly killed a woman by neglecting to learn how to stop. I once had to be helped from the ice skating rink at the Chiller by a magnanimous 7-year-old.But the fact remains that some of these farcical Olympic “sports” are more like hobbies and less like athletic competition. I remain steadfast in my belief that a small cadre of ancient Greeks could conquer all of the Olympic village.At least until they come to the hockey villas.