RefereesJohn Frost (NSW, Nelson Bay Touch Association)Renee Flach (QLD, Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association)Scott Marsh (QLD, Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association)Barry McNamara (NSW, Wollongong Touch Association)Bill Slade (NSW, Hornsby Touch Association)Brad Smith (QLD, Ipswich Touch Association)Coach – Chris Dolahenty Men’s 40’sChris Benfield (NSW, Penrith Touch Association)Tony Eltakchi (NSW, Western Suburbs Touch Association)Adam Fahim (NSW, Parramatta District Touch Association)Wayne Gleeson (NSW, Port Macquarie Touch Association)Lars Hanson (NSW, Hornsby Touch Association)Philip Jarrett (NSW, Penrith Touch Association)Craig Madders (QLD, Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA))Corey McLeod (NSW, Penrith Touch Association)Brad Mitchell (NSW, Hills District Touch Association)Troy Morgan (QLD, Sunshine Coast Fraser & Burnett Districts Touch Association)Gerard O’Keeffe (QLD, Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA))Jason Scharenguivel (NSW, Parramatta District Touch Association)Gavin Shuker (QLD, Rockhampton Touch Association)Dean Taylor (ACT, Touch Football ACT)Coach – Peter VincentAssistant Coach – Jassy BhullarManager – Lyle Barnwell Men’s 50’sAmir Ayoub (NSW, Western Suburbs Touch Football Association)Shane Beale (QLD, Mackay Touch Association)Scott Collins (NSW, Manly Warringah Touch Association)Robin Day (SA, Adelaide University Touch Association)Derek Duguid (NSW, Penrith Touch Association)Brett GillardAdrian Harrington (QLD, South Queensland Sharks)Mark Hearnden (NSW, Taren Point Touch Association)David Kafoa (QLD, South Queensland Sharks)Ron Keleher (QLD, Caboolture Touch Association)Tim Kitchingham (NSW, Penrith Touch Association)David McDonald (NSW, Penrith Touch Association)John Samin ( ACT, Touch Football ACT)Stephen Womersley (QLD, Coomera Comets Touch Association)Coach – Mick McCallAssistant Coach – Joe SchweitzerManager – Dave Amos Touch Football Australia (TFA) would like to congratulate the following players, coaches and referees who have been selected to represent Australia at the 2017 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series held at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana QLD from Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September.Women’s 27’sElisabeth Clarence (NSW, Western Suburbs Touch Association)Bo De la Cruz (NSW, Western Suburbs Touch Association)Melinda Dennis (NSW, Canterbury Touch Association)Michelle Evans (QLD, Palm Beach Touch Association)Kristy Giteau (ACT, ACT Touch Association)Kelly Goodwin (NSW, Western Suburbs Touch AssociationBelinda Hammett (QLD, Palm Beach Touch Association)Kelly Kennedy (QLD, Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association)Melissa McCall (NSW, Wollongong Touch Association)Mary McLean (QLD, Coolum Touch Association)Rebecca Oliver (TAS, Southern Touch Association)Amanda Skwarko (NSW, Eastern Suburbs Touch Association)Nikki Stanley (ACT, Touch Football ACT)Carly Walsh (NSW, Eastern Suburbs Touch Association)Coach – Danny GoodwinAssistant Coach – Mick GrayManager – Deirdre Morrow Men’s 30’sWillie Bishop (NSW, Hornsby Touch Association)Graeme Clancy (QLD, Palm Beach Touch Association)Khanui Cox (QLD, Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA))Tom Eyles (QLD, Caboolture Touch Association)James Harrington (QLD, Palm Beach Touch Association)Aaron Jones (QLD, Palm Beach Touch Association)Nathan Jones (QLD, Palm Beach Touch Association)Trevor Moran (QLD, Rockhampton Touch Association)Scott Prince (QLD, Palm Beach Touch Association)Tommy Quinlivan (QLD, Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA)Sebe Rey (QLD, Caboolture Touch Association)Garry Sonda (NSW, Western Suburbs Touch Association)Steven Takchi (NSW, Western Suburbs Touch Association)David Zanette (QLD, Bundaberg Touch Association)Coach – John SinghAssistant Coach – Jason MartinManager – Mick McGrath
Sunday night, the United States women’s gymnastics team, which took home the team gold in this year’s 2016 Rio Olympic games, made an appearance at the MTV VMAs to hand out an award to Beyonce for Best Female Video. But one key member of the squad was missing.This year’s ‘Final Five’ included Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Gabby Douglas. But when the team took the stage Sunday night, Douglas was not with the group.Why? According to Raisman, Douglas was in the hospital suffering from an allergic reaction. Her publicist Lesley Burbridge later added that it’s a mouth infection from a previous injury.Raisman and her teammates have been on quite a whirlwind victory tour since returning from Rio. Meeting Beyonce is likely one of the highlights.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk shipowner Diana Shipping has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, entered into a time charter contract with Phaethon International Company.The deal was agreed for one of the company’s Panamax dry bulk vessels, the 2001-built m/v Danae.The 75,106 dwt vessel, which started the charter on February 5, was hired at a gross charter rate of USD 8,100 per day.Agreed for a period of eleven to fourteen months, the employment is expected to generate USD 2.67 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The bulker’s previous charter deal was signed with Phaethon International in December 2017 at a charter rate of USD 10,000 per day.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently consists of 48 dry bulk vessels with a combined carrying capacity of of 5.7 million dwt.
TORONTO – Shares of Corus Entertainment Inc. soared in trading Thursday after the company beat expectations as it reported a second-quarter profit of $40 million.The shares closed up almost 20 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the television and radio broadcaster says the profit amounted to 19 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Feb. 28.That compared with a profit of $24.9 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Corus said it earned 20 cents per share, up from 13 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 11 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.“We are pleased with this quarter’s results and the steady progress we are making against our strategic plan,” Corus chief executive Doug Murphy said in a statement.“Moving forward, Corus remains focused on maximizing and monetizing our high-value audiences, and we have a solid roadmap in place to position the organization for success over time within a changing media landscape.”Revenue in the second quarter totalled $369.5 million, up from $368.2 million a year ago.The increase came as television revenue totalled $336.2 million, up from $335.9 million a year ago, as lower advertising revenue was offset by gains in merchandising, distribution and other revenues.Radio revenue amounted to $33.2 million, up from $32.3 million.Shares in the company closed up $1.14 at $7.35. Despite the gains in the stock on Thursday, Corus shares remain well off their 52-week high of $14.10.The stock plunged in January after the company reported disappointing first-quarter results due to a weak television advertising market.Corus owns radio stations as well as conventional and specialty television services across the country including Global Television.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)
PARIS — The number of yellow vest protesters demonstrating on Paris’ Champs Elysees on Saturday is down sharply on recent weeks.Several yellow vest groups had called for a sixth straight Saturday of protests across France, but their call appears to have fallen on deaf ears in the capital at the start of the Christmas break.In a stark contrast to the chaos of previous weekends, groups of tourists strolled down the avenue near the Arc de Triomphe and the road remained open for traffic.In a protective move, the palace of Versailles just outside Paris will be shut for the day after yellow vest protesters said they will hold a demonstration at the famous chateau that was home to succession of French kings until the French Revolution in 1789.The Associated Press
Only one home team lost last weekend in the English Premier League. It was the same the weekend before. How unusual is this? Or, put another way, how significant is home-field advantage in soccer?It’s significant — at least, it was significant.Using a data set of scores compiled by one of this article’s authors (James), we can quantify the home team’s advantage in English football over the past 126 years. Here are the percentages of home wins, visitor wins and draws, by year, since the founding of the league in 1888 (the data is from all games played in the top four tiers of the English football pyramid, or just shy of 200,000 games):In the early days of English football, about 60 percent of games were won by the home team. The rest split about equally: 20 percent draws and 20 percent visitor wins. Now, the home team wins only about 40 percent of games, the visitor wins 30 percent, and the rest are draws. This trend doesn’t show signs of slowing. Home-field advantage in English football is disappearing.What’s responsible for this dramatic shift? Most immediately, it’s the result of a decrease in home-team scoring. Here are the average home and away goals per game, by year:Although scoring for either side has fluctuated, visitor goals have remained relatively constant, floating mostly between 1.00 and 1.3 per game. Home goals have fallen to roughly 1.5 per game from more than 2.5. The average difference (home goals minus away goals) has fallen to about 0.3 goals last year from about 1.1 goals at the league’s founding.A laundry list of explanations for home-field advantage have been offered over the years: partisan crowds, influenced officials, the comforts of home, the hardships of travel, stadium accommodations that favor the home team (e.g. nicer locker rooms or grass mowed to the liking of the players), even “home-cooked” stoppage time.Just as many reasons have been offered for the advantage’s decline, in soccer and elsewhere: easier access to tickets for away fans through sites like StubHub, more comfortable travel accommodations, better oversight of officials, the gentrification of soccer crowds — or maybe just random chance.1For a brief review of the literature, see this paper by Richard Pollard.Economists Mark Koyama and J. James Reade noticed this decline, too, and offered a provocative explanation in a 2008 paper. Writing mainly about English soccer, they argued that the effort put forth by players depends on how much they are “monitored” by their team’s fans. Players tend to put in more effort, they write, when their fans can observe it — they tend not to shirk. More of their fans observe this effort during a home game, of course. But that fact is mitigated by televised soccer. Television serves as a “monitoring technology,” and enables fans of the visiting team to monitor their players’ performance more easily. This, in turn, increases the effort put forth by players of visiting teams. Therefore, Koyama and Reade conclude, the increase of televised soccer has depressed home-field advantage.The theory seems plausible, but struggles to explain the decline in home-field wins in the first half of the 1900s. And it struggles to explain variations, or the lack thereof, in other sports.While a constellation of factors is likely responsible for shifts in advantage, one especially convincing explanation is changes in officiating.The soccer referee was introduced in roughly his modern-day form in 1891 (minus the aerosol spray). A single official can have an enormous influence on a game — an influence rarely rivaled in other sports. One reason is that soccer games are low-scoring and a referee can, in many cases, effectively award a goal to one team or the other by calling for a penalty kick. Since 1992, penalty kicks in the Premier League have led to goals 85 percent of the time. And there has been a systematic bias of awarding penalty kicks to the home team: Of 1,666 penalties called over the last two-plus decades, 1,051 (or 63 percent) went to the home team. With the exception of the 2001-2 season, home teams have won more penalties every single year. There are, on average, 75 penalties awarded each season, or about one every fifth game.Koyama and Reade noted that a similar home-team bias has been found for the “awarding” of yellow and red cards. High-leverage biases could also manifest in the calling of close-range free kicks, corner kicks and offsides violations. It often hasn’t taken much to influence the outcome of a soccer game.But with the rise to prominence of English football over the past 100-plus years2The Premier League has revenues of nearly $4 billion a year. came correspondent increases in money, exposure,3Television may influence refs, too. professionalization, organization, oversight, monitoring and evaluation of the league. All these could have lowered referee bias toward home sides.While hard data on historical referee bias is hard to come by, there is some evidence. There has been a slight downward trend in penalty-kick bias since the founding of the Premier League, for example. In the 1992-3 season, 74 percent of penalties were awarded to the home team. Last season, just 55 percent were.Soccer’s long-diminishing home-field advantage seems to be the exception in sports, not the rule. Here are home teams’ regular-season winning percentages for the four major American sports. (For simplicity, we’ve included ties as half wins, where applicable.)With the exception of four NFL seasons, home teams won more than visitors every year. Basketball and hockey typically show the most sizable home-field advantages. Basketball’s home teams have historically won at nearly a 70 percent clip, though that has dipped to around 60 percent in recent years. NHL home teams have won consistently between 60 percent and 65 percent of their games over the league’s history.While no American sport has shown the sustained decline in home-field advantage that English soccer has — a mark against Koyama and Reade’s “monitoring technology” hypothesis — there are hints of decreases, especially in basketball. That makes sense. Basketball is another sport that can be heavily influenced by the subjectivity of officials.
Ohio State trailed arch-rival Michigan, 4-0, Saturday when Evelyn Carrillo stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning. The sophomore first baseman had one thought as she stared down Wolverine freshman pitcher Haylie Wagner. “The mentality I have is something up, I bang,” Carrillo said. She did just that. Wagner left a change-up in the zone and Carrillo lifted it over the wall in right field for a grand slam to tie the game, 4-4. Changing the game with one swing of the bat is nothing new for Carrillo. The Corona, Calif., native is batting .364 this season with five home runs and 33 RBIs to help the Buckeyes to a 23-14 record on the year. She attributes her productivity to the mental approach she brings to the plate. “As a hitter you gotta make sure you stay confident,” Carrillo said. “And just have that mindset where if I see my pitch I’m just gonna hit it.” Carrillo was named Big Ten Player of the Week after the Buckeyes’ three-game series at Michigan State during the last weekend in March. She helped OSU sweep the Spartans by going 11-for-12 at the plate with eight RBIs, including a career-high six RBIs in the first game of the series. It was the first career conference honor of Carrillo’s career. OSU coach Linda Kalafatis isn’t surprised by her first baseman’s success at the plate this year and said she doesn’t expect it to stop anytime soon. “Evelyn, I think, has got the prettiest swing on the team,” Kalafatis said. “I expect big things from her for the rest of her career.” Perhaps the biggest benefactor of Carrillo’s success this season has been shortstop Alicia Herron. The senior captain is having the best statistical season of her career in her final year as a Buckeye and said hitting behind her fellow infielder has been a huge help. “It helps because it gives me another chance to hit,” Herron said. “They have to pitch to me or else they’ll have to pitch to her . She gives me a better shot at letting me to hit. For OSU to be successful going forward, some of Carillo’s teammates said they know their best players have to perform when the game is on the line, something Carrillo proved Saturday. “Evelyn came in clutch and had the grand slam,” said senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott. “That changed the momentum.”
Ohio State redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, sources close to the team told Lantern TV on Monday evening.The Fort Wayne, Ind., native rushed for 549 yards during his OSU career, including 101 yards and four touchdowns on 24 attempts this season. Smith played, but did not touch the ball during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 double-overtime win against Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa.Sources confirmed Smith’s departure to Lantern TV following an initial report by Eleven Warriors.An Ohio State spokesman didn’t have any information to provide regarding Smith’s status with the team.Smith did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Chelsea are about to play against Tottenham in the London derby and Marcos Alonso, the Blues full-back, knows that this match will be a crucial one for his side as they have to fight for the Champions League places.There are just eight matches to go and it is almost clear that Manchester City will win the title – but there are still four teams fighting for the other three Champions League spots and Chelsea are one of them.The former Fiorentina player spoke about his side’s situation as he said, according to weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at 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…“It is definitely a must-win game. Here at Chelsea, we have to fight until the end for every target we can achieve, and next year we have to be in the Champions League. On Sunday, we have to get a win.”“It’s a massive game. We have a very important target, which is arriving at the end of the season in top four. Starting on Sunday, it’s the first important three points for us. It’s not over until its’ mathematically impossible, but it would be very difficult for sure if we lost.”
FC Porto’s teenage defender Diogo Dalot is on the verge of completing a move to Manchester United, reports the BBCDespite being only 19 years old, Dalot already has a £17.4m release clause inserted in his current deal at Porto.Jose Mourinho believes that the Portuguese defender can provide United captain Antonio Valencia with some much-needed competition.However, the Red Devils are yet to activate Dalot’s release clause but they remain confident that it will only be a matter of time before a deal is concluded after making contact with Porto.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Portugal Under-21 international has mainly been utilised by head coach Sérgio Conceição as a left-back for Porto since making his debut back in October.The 19-year-old also featured for the Primeira Liga champions in their goalless draw against Liverpool in the return leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League in March, which they lost 5-0 on aggregate.With Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind almost certain to leave Old Trafford this summer, Mourinho is hoping to strengthen his defence in order to challenge Manchester City next season.Tottenham’s Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld has also been linked with a move to United.