TFA World Cup Referee Squad

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) would like to congratulate the following referees on their selection in the TFA World Cup Referee Squad for the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup:Nicholas Altin David Baggio Victor Baptista Robert Bowen David Brown Nathan Budge Scott Campbell Damien Carlson Annabelle ConnollyAdam Cooper Brett Freshwater John Frost Indra GarnerWilliam Greatbatch Samantha Hacon Luke HeckendorfMack Hoverman Renee Janes Peter Jones Mark Kelly Christopher Knott Michael LandsbergMatthew Lavery Dale Lawrence Giancarlo Leung Phillip Lowe Scott MarshJo Mason Richard McIllroyLuke McKenzieBarry McNamaraSally MelzerPeter MillingtonBen MortonMarcus MullerChristopher MurrayVictor NaumovskiBeau NewellBernard O’DonohueJustin ParsonsTimothy PearsonMatthew PrendergastChristopher SchwerdtAaron SearstonAmanda SingleKim Skelly William SladeAnthony SmithBradley SmithJames SteinbergPaul SullivanJohn TaylorGregory TaylorPaul TesorieroTerri ThomasAnton Van RensburgJosh VernonAdam VickeryRebecca WardMichael WattDenise WeierAlex WongRelated Filestfa_world_cup_referee_squad_announcement-pdfRelated LinksWorld Cup Ref Squadlast_img read more

Photo: ‘Disappointed Michigan Fan’ Presented Mark Dantonio With ‘Play Of The Season’ Award

first_imgMichigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: Michigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan fan Chris Baldwin has become a household name – simply for his reaction to the Wolverines’ last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year. Last week, he was back on television, commiserating with fellow UM fans.ESPN, during it’s College Football Awards show, actually had Baldwin present the “Best Play of the Year” award to MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. Jalen Watts-Jackson, the player who scored the game-winner for the Spartans, shared a cool photo of the moment on Facebook. At last night’s ESPN Awards. Glad they flew Chris Baldwin out for the show from Ann Arbor. He’s a good sport.Posted by Jalen Watts-Jackson on Friday, December 11, 2015In the end, the play wound up getting Michigan State into the playoff. It also might have knocked both Michigan and Ohio State out.[mlive.com]last_img read more

The Knicks Cant Even Get The Draft Lottery Right

YEARORIGINAL PICKKEY PLAYER*PLAYER WIN SHARES WITH KNICKSPLAYER STILL WITH KNICKS? When the Knicks actually make picks, they tend to draft pretty well. They’ve made 12 first-round selections since 2001, and many of them, including Nenê and Kristaps Porzingis, have turned out to be pretty good or even great picks. But the Knicks traded a lot of those guys away and got relatively little in return.Holding onto picks before the draft is one step out of this downward spiral for the Knicks. Holding onto them after will be another. In the meantime, a little bit of luck with the pingpong balls at tonight’s lottery won’t hurt.Check out our latest NBA predictions. PICK TRADED FOR … 20167Andrea Bargnani**2 200118Glen Rice6 Let that sink in for a moment. Over the past 16 years, the only teams with worse average draft position than the Knicks were the Spurs, Mavericks, Heat, Lakers and Pacers. These are all successful teams that generally picked late because they were good at basketball. Not surprisingly, the Knicks own the largest average discrepancy between where they should have picked in the draft and where they actually picked.Bad lottery luck has played a part. Since winning the Ewing sweepstakes in 1985, the Knicks haven’t moved up a single draft spot via the lottery — that is, when they’ve been one of the teams in the lottery, the drawing hasn’t led to them picking any earlier than they would have if draft order were determined by record alone. They fell four spots in 1986, three in 1987,5This knocked New York out of the top three, which, under the terms of a previous trade agreement, enabled Seattle to swap first-rounders with the Knicks and draft Scottie Pippen. one in 2008 and two in 2015. The only other time a pick that would have belonged to the Knicks landed among the top three in the lottery, New York had given Chicago the rights to that spot under the terms of the Eddy Curry trade. (The Bulls selected LaMarcus Aldridge second overall in 2006.)And that’s really the bigger problem. Most of the damage the Knicks have suffered was self-inflicted. In the 16 drafts since the infamous Ewing-to-Seattle deal in 2000, the team has worsened its own position eight times by either trading away the rights to its top pick or allowing another team to swap first-round spots.6This includes drafts in which the Knicks still picked in the first round but the terms of a deal caused them to pick later than they would have otherwise. Houston had the option to swap 2011 first-round picks with the Knicks via the Tracy McGrady deal but did not do so, so that is not included. In five cases, the pick New York gave up became a lottery spot, including the pick the Bulls used to draft Aldridge in 2006. And even when the Knicks hang onto their first-round pick until draft night, they can still manage to lose it: In 2002, they drafted Nenê with a lottery pick, then traded him away that same night for Antonio McDyess, who delivered the Knicks 0.6 win shares over 18 games before being packaged for Stephon Marbury.7Nenê, meanwhile, has produced 69.3 regular-season win shares over 15 seasons.The Nenê trade isn’t the exception, either. For the most part, all this wheeling and dealing has left New York no better off than they were when they started. Update (May 16, 9:20 p.m.): After the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the Knicks are now slated to pick eighth; they would have gotten the seventh pick if draft order were decided by record alone.When the NBA holds its annual draft lottery tonight, the New York Knicks will have a 5.3 percent chance of winning the top pick in next month’s draft and an 18.3 percent chance of landing in the top three. Their fans will be keeping their fingers crossed for a little good news — for once.Since trading franchise icon Patrick Ewing before the 2000-01 season, the Knicks have won one playoff series and amassed the league’s third-worst regular-season record.1Through the 2016-17 season. Coming into this season, the Knicks had the 4th-worst regular-season record since 2000-01. Fans of dreadful teams can usually cling to the likelihood of high draft picks and the hope for the future they bring. But the Knicks have managed to bungle that too.I compared teams’ regular-season performance2In terms of average regular-season rank at season’s end, which is the primary basis for determining draft order. For the first four seasons of my analysis, the NBA had 29 teams. I adjusted those ranks to 30-team equivalents. I adjusted for ties too; if two teams were tied for the 5th-best record, for example, I assigned both a rank of 5.5. These adjustments help normalize rankings. to their average position in the drafts following each of the 16 seasons from 2000-01 through 2015-16.3Based on which team officially made each selection on draft night. Team averages include drafts in which they had no first-round picks, either because of trades or violations. I captured franchise history according to official records, so the Hornets’ 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons belong to Charlotte, not New Orleans. I assigned the 2002 draft to New Orleans. As a result, Charlotte has 14 seasons and 14 drafts from the 2000-01 season through the 2016 draft, while New Orleans has 14 seasons and 15 drafts. All other teams have 16 seasons and 16 drafts. In general, good teams should have bad picks and bad teams should have good picks. That’s how the system’s designed, after all. If your team stinks, at least you have a shot at the best players in the draft.As one of the worst teams in the NBA since 2000-01,4In terms of average rank at the end of the regular season, the Knicks were worst in the NBA from 2000-01 through 2016-17 and 3rd-worst from 2000-01 through 2015-16. (As noted, ranks are adjusted for ties and number of teams.) the Knicks should have had one of the best average draft positions. Instead, New York’s front office fumbled its way to the 6th-worst average in the league, combining on-court ineptitude with draft-night hopelessness. 201412Carmelo Anthony44✓ 20079Eddy Curry9 20027Antonio McDyess1 200416Stephon Marbury28 20062Eddy Curry9 *All trades involved multiple players.**The Knicks gave Denver the right to swap 2016 first-round picks in the Anthony trade. They traded away the pick entirely in the Bargnani trade.Source: Basketball-reference.com The Knicks have stunk at trading first-round draft picks since 2001 201216Tracy McGrady0 20109Stephon Marbury28 read more

Juventus put a stop to PSGs pursuit of Sami Khedira

first_imgJuventus have reportedly turned down an offer for Sami Khedira from Paris Saint-GermainThe Germany international had been linked with PSG for the past few months with head coach Thomas Tuchel fuelling speculation by confessing that he is in regular contact with the player.But Calcio Mercato reports that Juventus have effectively pulled the plug on a move to PSG for Khedira following the French side’s hesitation in making an approach.Apparently, Khedira had been interested in leaving Turin earlier this summer and that the club were looking to replace their midfielder.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.However, it appears that the 31-year-old will be staying put for this season.Khedira is believed to have won over manager Massimiliano Allegri and scored for Juventus in last weekend’s opening day 3-2 win at Chievo Verona.Khedira has made over 100 appearances for the Bianconeri since arriving from Real Madrid in 2015 on a free transfer.last_img read more

Hundreds of caravan travelers waiting at San Ysidro Port of Entry

first_imgHundreds of caravan travelers waiting at San Ysidro Port of Entry KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 29, 2018 April 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diegans for Secure Borders spokesperson Amy Sutton was in studio to break down the current story developing at the border.While a couple hundred people traveling in a migrant caravan from Central America were planning to seek asylum in the United States today, Customs and Border Protection officials said the San Ysidro Port of Entry is at capacity for people without documentation.“Depending upon port circumstances at the time of arrival, those individuals may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities,” CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said in a statement. “As sufficient space and resources become available, CBP officers will be able to take additional individuals into the port for processing. CBP will communicate with Mexican authorities for operational awareness on this issue of capacity within CBP facilities as appropriate.”Earlier in the day, some of the caravan travelers — many of whom say they’re fleeing violence in their home countries — were at a cross-border rally 6 miles west of the port of entry. The refugees milled about at Playas de Tijuana on the Mexican side of the fence near its terminus at the Pacific Ocean. North of the fence, another 50 supporters rallied in Friendship Park, at the southern end of the United States’ Pacific Coast.Some supporters of the caravan scaled the border fence, apparently clamoring up from the Mexican side, although no one attempted to cross north into the United States.The citizens of countries in Central America and their caravan leaders, a group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, told the Los Angeles Times that the migrants are asylum-seekers fleeing from dangers in their home countries. The Times reported that “no more than 200 of the group will go to the Tijuana-San Diego crossing and request U.S. protection.”Over the weekend, they’ve been engaging in legal orientation sessions to understand their rights and what to expect at the U.S. entrance, the Times reported.In San Diego on Saturday, a group of demonstrators marched from Balboa Park to Chicano Park.The caravan has been making national headlines for the past month after catching the attention of President Donald Trump. It first began with about 1,000 people March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border, drawing comments from Trump as evidence of what he and his aides portrayed as a significant threat, the Post reported.In the intervening month, the caravan migrants’ numbers have dwindled significantly.Customs and Border Protection officials said on Saturday that some of the migrants in the caravan had tried to cross the border near San Ysidro since Friday. No estimate was given on the number of border-crossing attempts that had taken place.Young children — and in one case, a pregnant woman — were detected among people trying to enter the U.S. illegally through “a dark, treacherous canyon that is notorious for human and drug smuggling,”  CBP Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott saidScott said it was “unconscionable” that children were being smuggled into the country in what he referred to as dangerous conditions.In the statement, he warned the remaining caravan members to follow the law.“If anyone has encouraged you to illegally enter the United States, or make any false statements to U.S. government officials, they are giving you bad advice and they are placing you and your family at risk,” he said.“We are a very welcoming country but just like your own house, we expect everyone to enter through our front door and answer questions honestly. On a national level that front door is the Ports of Entry. If you enter the United States at any place other than a Port of Entry it is a crime.” last_img read more