TOUCH-e-TALK ONLINE NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER EDITION

first_imgThe September edition of ‘Touch-e-Talk’, the online newsletter has been released. It contains several feature stories on the upcoming National 18’s Championships and also the All Nations tournament, Volunteer of the Month, coaching drills and more. Please click here to view the newsletter: TOUCH-e-TALK SEPTEMBER 2005 EDITION If you would like to join the mailing list for future newsletters, please email media@austouch.com.aulast_img

10 months agoSolskjaer confident getting Man Utd players to play for him

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer confident getting Man Utd players to play for himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident getting the players to play for him.Solskjaer says he’s done it all as a player and manager.He told MUTV: “I’ve had 300-400 games as a first-team manager. I’m confident. I’ve won the league, I’ve won cups, I’ve been relegated.”It’s about man management. It’s about managing players, staff and it’s about getting the best out of everyone.”The boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] will always be the best at that. I get my managerial style from him. He’s been the biggest influence but then again we’re different. I’m a different personality.”I like to speak to people, I like to engange with people, I want to see people express themselves. That makes me happy.”On assistant manager Mike Phelan, he added: “That (appointing him) was the first thing I thought about. I’m young, Kieran and Michael are young.”I rang him and he was at a coaching course in Burnley when I rang him. He’s an incredible calming influence. His football knowledge is really really good.” last_img read more

Former FSU RB Devonta Freeman Calls Out Cameraman Wearing Florida Gators Shirt

first_imgFlorida State players wait behind a banner before running onto the field.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal between the Florida State Seminoles and the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman has done the Seminoles proud, rushing for 811 yards through 11 games for the Atlanta Falcons. But Freeman will likely find himself as a fan favorite in Tallahassee for another reason this week.In the team’s locker room this past Friday, Freeman called out a cameraman who was wearing Florida Gators gear. Freeman found a roll of black tape and covered up the logo. Check it out:So this happened today @devontafreeman @AHittel pic.twitter.com/jeXktGa4N8— Ashley Rose (@AshleyTVRose) December 4, 2015Well-played, for sure. We imagine the cameraman won’t be making the same mistake next time around.last_img read more

Ohio States Sam Thompson looking to lessen scoring pressure on LaQuinton Ross

Junior forward Sam Thompson scans the court during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorEven Michael Jordan needed a Scottie Pippen. A star player can’t carry the team all on his own.As often as individual brilliance dazzles in the sport of basketball — NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain scored 67 or more points in losses four times in his career — a balanced attack will more often than not win the day.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team, this presents a problem.Despite leading the Buckeyes in scoring this season with 14.3 points per game, junior forward LaQuinton Ross can’t do it all alone.Since losing Deshaun Thomas to the NBA Draft at the end of last season, the No. 22-ranked Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6, fourth in the Big Ten) have relied heavily on Ross to carry the load.Emerging as the team’s top scoring threat, Ross has encountered comparisons to Thomas throughout the season, something he said isn’t exactly how he wants it.“I try not to look at it that way. I try to be myself,” Ross said Wednesday. “If other people are throwing out the comparison, that’s fine, I don’t get into that a lot. I try to do what I can at Ohio State and eventually, like Deshaun left his legacy, I try to do the same and do mine.”So far in 2013-14, Ross has six games in which he scored 20 or more points. His teammates have only managed one between all of them.Ross said he doesn’t feel the added pressure of scoring in tight situations, especially late in games.“I came into Ohio State as a scorer. I’ve been labeled as that for a long time now so in those situations in games, that’s something that’s almost a talent for me so I don’t feel pressure from it,” Ross said. “I think sometimes during those moments in the games my teammates look for me. I’ve just got to step up to the talent.”Since conference play began, Ross has seen his number called more and more often, in particular when the game is on the line.In the Buckeyes’ six conference losses this season, Ross has shot an average of 24.4 percent of the field goals attempted by OSU as a team, as compared to 19 percent of the total shots taken during wins.But in recent games, Ross has had some of the pressure alleviated with the help of a fellow junior forward.After only managing double digits in two of OSU’s first 13 Big Ten games, Sam Thompson has averaged 15 points in the last two, including a 19 point performance against Minnesota.Thompson said he can step up as the second go-to scorer for the Buckeyes, as long as he keeps playing with intensity.“I just have to continue to be aggressive, continue to make plays,” Thompson said. “Do so within the flow of the offense and do so within the flow of the team, but continue to make plays and I feel like that’s when we’re at our best.”Ross added that having Thompson scoring at a high rate will help him while the team aims for an NCAA Tournament run.“It definitely makes my job a lot easier,” Ross said. “Anytime anybody is pitching in and we’re getting that extra scoring — not even that extra scoring, just people making plays and being aggressive — I think that helps our team out a lot. I think we’re a way better team when everybody is being aggressive and trying their hardest on the offensive end and when we’re playing offense like we play defense.”Thompson has had more of a chance to shine since coach Thad Matta made the decision to put him in the starting lineup in lieu of junior guard Shannon Scott.Matta said Thompson has the ability to be the team’s second scorer, and that will help the team immensely.“It definitely gives us another guy out there that you have to be concerned about in terms of putting the ball in the basket. I think it opens things up in terms of driving opportunities, drive and kicks, even posting the basketball,” Matta said Wednesday. “I think Sam, when he’s playing like that, puts pressure on the defense to rotate more and those are things that all coaches look for. The more, the better.”Matta also said Thompson is on an upward trend as a player, provided he can continue to do what he does best.“The biggest thing he’s got to do is continue to play at this level,” Matta said. “(I’m) not saying getting 20 points or anything like that, but just bring what he has to the table. And it’s not the dunks … But it’s all the other things. Finishing around the basket, making his free throws, knocking down some threes. Those are the things that can complete kind of who he is. Assist-to-turnover ratio and those types of things.”OSU is set to travel to State College, Pa., to take on Penn State (13-14, 4-10) Thursday at 7 p.m.Thompson will be looking to continue his trend as the team’s second scorer against a team that held him to one point Jan. 29 in a 71-70 Buckeye loss in overtime. read more

Ohio State fencers takes its talent overseas for Junior World Championships

Sophomore Eleanor Harvey (left) competes at the 2015 NCAA National Championships in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsCollegiate athletes are rarely given the opportunity to travel to a foreign country to compete.But four members of the Ohio State’s co-ed fencing team are set to get that chance. Freshman epee Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger, freshman sabre Hector Florencia, freshman foil Maximilian Chastanet and sophomore foil Eleanor Harvey are scheduled to travel to Uzbekistan and compete from Wednesday through April 9 in the Junior World Championships.OSU’s fencing coach of 15 years, Vladimir Nazlymov, said while the game has changed through the years, the objective stays the same.“Fencing today has undergone a lot of change over time and has become more aggressive,” Nazlymov said. “Our goal is to recruit guys who can earn medals in the world championships. We always fight for first.”Harvey, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, has fenced for 10 years and is set to take part in her sixth junior world championships. Harvey said she has some added pressure this time around after a high finish in 2014.“Last year, I came in second at the Junior World Championships, so this year I feel pretty compelled to do well,” Harvey said. “My goal is definitely to medal. I’ve done one Junior World Cup this year and I came in second, so that showed me I have the ability to compete.”Harvey said the most challenging aspect of fencing is the planning and preparation involved.“There has to be so many things that are working for you in one day in order for you to fence well,” she said. “You have to feel really good physically, you have to be mentally focused and sharp and not distracted and you have to be thinking about the right things. It’s definitely challenging considering how many things have to be working for you to have a good day.”Harvey added that collegiate fencing in the United States is much different than fencing in her home country of Canada.“There are a lot more people to fence here,” she said. “University fencing in Canada is very similar to recreational fencing. If I would’ve stayed in Canada, I couldn’t have fenced at the collegiate level that I would have liked to, as I am here at Ohio State.”The World Championships are set to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for the first time. The competition is expected to feature more than 1,000 athletes from countries around the world, according to the International Fencing Federation. read more

Football 5 plays that mattered in Ohio States 4921 win over Indiana

Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) runs the ball in the opposite direction after intercepting a pass intended for an Indiana wide receiver. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEach game, the momentum can shift from one team to the other on one play. Every week, we will list five plays, elements of plays or series of plays that made the most significant impact in Ohio State’s games. Here’s the five plays that mattered most in No. 2 Ohio State’s 49-21 victory at Indiana.Sheffield, Fuller save a scoreOhio State was trailing 7-3 early in the second quarter when Indiana had possession. Following an Indiana fourth-down conversion that extended the drive into the Buckeyes’ red zone, safety Jordan Fuller intercepted Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow’s pass on the goal line to save a would-be touchdown.Cornerback Kendall Sheffield deflected the pass intended for Indiana’s Donovan Hale, and it fell into Fuller’s arms. The sophomore safety, who made his first-career start Thursday, returned it 40 yards, sparking an Ohio State drive that ended in a 19-yard field goal by Sean Nuernberger.Ohio State trailed 7-6 instead of potentially facing a 13- deficit. Terry McLaurin’s block on Campbell touchdownAt the 4:56 mark in the third quarter, H-back Parris Campbell electrified the Buckeyes’ sideline with his 74-yard, breakaway touchdown reception to retake the lead, 27-21, just 18 seconds after Indiana reclaimed the advantage. However, one might have missed McLaurin sealing the edge, allowing Campbell to display his world-class speed.McLaurin was arguably Ohio State’s best blocking receiver in 2016, and he showed why in a pivotal moment of the game. Matched up against Indiana defensive back Rashard Fant, McLaurin steered Fant to the ground as Campbell raced past the rest of the defense..@PCampbell21 hauls it in……aaand he’s gone. @OhioStateFB regains the lead in lightning-quick fashion! https://t.co/2WR83hQQuM— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 1, 2017Ohio State never relinquished the lead after that.Cornell forced fumble puts game on iceOhio State’s defensive line is deep, there’s no questioning that. However, it’s doubtful many foresaw defensive tackle Jashon Cornell making a profound impact this early in the season.The third-year player from St. Paul, Minnesota, rushed Indiana’s left guard on third down with 12:42 to play, sacked Lagow and forced him to fumble on the Indiana 11. The next play, quarterback J.T. Barrett found wide receiver Binjimen Victor for a score, widening the lead to 42-21.Dobbins converts on fourth down before go-ahead scoreTrailing 14-13 with 7:47 on the clock in the third quarter, coach Urban Meyer put his trust in the offensive line and freshman running back J.K. Dobbins on fourth-and-1 at the Indiana 12. Dobbins followed center Billy Price up the middle for three yards and a first down.Dobbins was the workhorse for the Buckeyes in his first career game, but what made this play particularly important was that two plays later: Barrett punched in the go-ahead score, which came on the heels of Campbell’s dropped would-be touchdown reception.The Buckeyes hadn’t had many opportunities in the red zone before this moment, so Meyer rolled the dice and Dobbins seized the moment.Worley makes pivotal third-down stopOhio State had finally built a two-possession lead following Johnnie Dixon’s 59-yard touchdown run-and-catch towards the end of the third quarter. One more score could have put the game out of reach, but first, the defense needed to get the ball back in it’s offense’s hands.On third-and-1 around the one-minute mark in the third, linebacker Chris Worley attacked the line and stuffed Indiana running back Mike Majette behind the line. The tackle forced an Indiana punt from its 20-yard line and put a tired Hoosier defense back on the field. read more

Barcelona leave fans with doubts after US tour

first_imgSpanish powerhouse Barça only won once in its three matches in the International Champions Cup in the United States, and will now have a difficult task next Sunday against Sevilla in the Spanish Super CupWith a last minute goal by AC Milan’s André Silva, Barcelona failed to win their last two matches in the International Champions Cup, and will now have a really big test against Sevilla for the Spanish Super Cup.In three games played in United States’ soil, Barça couldn’t figure out how to get a proper victory and managed to give a poor display of football for their fans.The team started their tour with a 2-2 tie at the Rose Bowl stadium in Los Angeles against English side Tottenham Spurs, and would only get a 5-3 victory thanks to the penalty kicks, where the “Blaugrana” strikers proved to be efficient.Then on Wednesday, Roma proved to be too much to handle at the AT&T Stadium, where three second-half goals were enough by the Italians to beat Barcelona.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.And on Saturday night in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, André Silva was able to score the only goal of the match giving AC Milan the upper hand against the Catalans.The Spanish club will now travel to Europe, where they will meet Sevilla for the Super Cup trophy. The match will be played at Grand Stade de Tanger on Sunday night.Your @Mastercard goal of the match was scored by André Silva. A classy finish to win the match for @acmilan #ICC2018 #ChampionsMeetHere pic.twitter.com/nX1XxLvYYG— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) August 5, 2018last_img read more

YouTube Star Colleen Ballinger to Make Broadway Debut in Waitress

first_imgColleen Ballinger, best known for her awkward and weird YouTube-famous character Miranda Sings, will make her Broadway debut in “Waitress” this summer. Ballinger will appear in the musical starting Aug. 20, in a limited four-week engagement through Sept. 15.“Waitress,” based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelly, is scored by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. It tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Ballinger will play Dawn, a fellow waitress who’s one of Jenna’s only friends.For Ballinger, who’s a classically trained singer, coming to Broadway has been a lifelong dream. She first began posting videos as Miranda Sings — a woman-child who’s a terrible singer — on YouTube way back in 2008 as a joke for her theater friends. She tweeted the “Waitress” news Friday, saying in a video, “You don’t understand how exciting this is for me… This has literally been my dream since I could speak.” Ballinger’s Miranda Sings channel has over 20 million followers on YouTube and over 3.5 billion views on her videos. She starred in two seasons Netflix original series “Haters Back Off” (as Miranda) and appears in the streaming service’s one-hour special, “Miranda Sings Live… You’re Welcome.”In addition, Ballinger has appeared in Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “Angry Birds 2,” and “Escape The Night With Joey Graceffa.” Ballinger is currently touring with her new one-woman show, “Who Wants My Kid?”“Waitress” currently stars Shoshana Bean, Charity Angel Dawson, Caitlin Houlahan, Erich Bergen, Ben Thompson, Larry Marshall, Benny Elledge, Noah Galvin, Melody A. Betts, Tyrone Davis Jr., Andrew Fitch, Molly Hager, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Arica Jackson, Molly Jobe, Brandon Kalm, Emily Koch, Matt Kumangai, Tess Murphy, Everleigh Rotunno, Stephanie Torns and Dan Tracy.The musical opened April 24, 2016, at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. “Waitress” is the first Broadway musical to have all women in the four top creative-team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

CM should to be trusted to decide JK interest Omar

first_imgFormer Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the chief minister of a state should be trusted to decide what is in the interest of his state, otherwise it was better to “dispense” the state governments and rule from the Centre directly. He, however, said that that the decision to release separatist leader Masrat Alam was J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s ploy to ensure that the discourse was about anything but the BJP-PDP alliance. “God knows I hold no brief for Mufti Sayeed but a CM has to be trusted to decide what is & isn’t in the interest of his/her state.last_img

Farmland preservation bills reviewed in committee

first_imgPA 116 has been a popular and successful program since 1974, created for the preservation of farmland“I have recently heard from constituents that they are experiencing long delays in receiving their PA 116 tax credit,” said Rep. Glardon, R-Owosso. “These bills are intended to ensure a timelier processing of the Farmland and Open Space Preservation tax credit payments.”The bills allow PA 116 to get funding from the Agricultural Preservation Fund, along with the General Fund, which it is currently funded by.It is estimated that up to $1.2 million could be dedicated annually to the Agricultural Preservation Fund from unclaimed farmland tax credits. This revenue would be dedicated to administering the program to process renewals, transfers and new applications.HB 5189 and HB 5191 are sponsored by Rep. Dan Lauwers, and HB 5190 is sponsored by Rep. Brett Roberts.For more information, contact Rep. Glardon’s office by phone at (517) 373-0841 or by email to BenGlardon@house.mi.gov. 28Jan Farmland preservation bills reviewed in committee Photo cutline: Rep. Ben Glardon, right, stands with Rich Harlow, program manager of the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program, left.On Jan. 27, the House Committee on Agriculture heard testimony on House Bills 5189, 5190 and 5191. Co-sponsored by Rep. Ben Glardon, these bills will make needed changes to the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program, commonly known as Public Act 116. Tags: Farmland and Open Space, PA 116, Rep. Glardon center_img ##### Categories: Featured news,Glardon Photos,News,Photoslast_img read more

Blinkbox has inked a deal with HBO that gives it U

first_imgBlinkbox has inked a deal with HBO that gives it UK electronic sell-through rights to a raft of content including season two of Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire.
Pay TV operator BSkyB has an output deal with HBO and exclusively airs all of the premium channel’s series on its Sky Atlantic channel. However, over-the-top service Blinkbox has inked a deal with HBO’s home entertainment division that gives its customers access to the premium channel’s content ahead of it launching in the DVD and Blu-ray window.
 Game of Thrones (pictured) will be available for £17.99 (€22.95) a season or £1.89 an episode, while Boardwalk Empire is available for £19.99 a season or £1.89 an episode.HBO series covered by the agreement include both seasons of Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, four seasons each of True Blood and The Wire and all six season of The Sopranos. TV movies and miniseries including Mildred Pierce and John Adams will also be available. The content launched on Binkbox, which is majority owned by supermarket giant Tesco, today.Colin Smith, director, international digital distribution for HBO said: “We are delighted to partner with Blinkbox and to offer a wide variety of award-winning premium content to fans in the UK with a number of titles available on an EST basis for the very first time.  
Blinkbox CEO Michael Comish added: “This partnership with HBO is huge news for Blinkbox and our customers. Anyone wanting to watch the second seasons of Game of Thrones or Boardwalk Empire will have to wait to watch them on DVD – we’ve got them right now on Blinkbox.”last_img read more

Discovery Communications focus on super fans co

first_imgDiscovery Communications’ focus on ‘super fans’ continues with the launch of a motorcar-themed SVOD service via Amazon Channels.Motor Trend OnDemand is billed as a “supercharged automotive product for motoring fans”, and is now available in the UK.The move comes soon after James Gibbons became Discovery’s general manager for the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand after Susanna Dinnage was promoted to global president of Animal Planet.The service will offer “hundreds of hours of content”, including digital series Roadkill, Dirt Every Day and Head 2 Head, and established linear series such as Fast N Loud and Wheeler Dealers.The Motor Trend brand already exists in the US, where it is popular on YouTube, on which it has more than five million subscribers.The brand comes out of Discovery’s joint venture with TEN: The Enthusiast Network, known as TEN: A Discovery Communications Company.This is a portfolio of TEN’s petrolhead-focused brands, including Motor Trend, Hot Rod, Roadkill and Automotive.Motor Trend OnDemand is being shopped via the Amazon Channels platform for £3.99 a month.“As we know from the popularity of our motor programmes on Discovery Channel, Turbo and Quest, the UK has some of the most passionate automotive fans on the planet,” said Gibbons, who is also Discovery’s commercial development head for EMEA.“Discovery was one of Amazon Channels’ key partners in the UK when it launched earlier this year, and we saw another great opportunity to partner with them and tap into Amazon’s services and channel their marketing prowess and consumer insights for an international launch of Motor Trend OnDemand.”Discovery, which is currently in the throes of buying US rival Scripps Networks Interactive for US$14.6 billion, identifies super fans as niche groups of audiences who are willing to pay more for content targeted directly to them.last_img read more