A record 210 teams will take to the fields at Hervey Bay Sports Complex this weekend to compete in the 2015 Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup. Teams across 10 divisions, from under 10’s through to under 18’s, will take part in the three day event, from Friday, 10 July through to Sunday, 12 July 2015. To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the 2015 Queensland Junior State Cup, please visit the following website and social media pages:Website – www.qldtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/qldtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/queenslandtouchInstagram – www.instagram.com/qldtouch 2014 Queensland Junior State Cup results10’s BoysToowoomba White 3 defeated Gold Coast (A) 110’s GirlsGold Coast (A) 3 defeated BMTA Red 112’s BoysToowoomba White 3 defeated Palm Beach Blue 212’s GirlsBMTA Red 6 defeated Toowoomba White 214’s BoysGold Coast (A) 6 defeated BMTA Red 514’s GirlsGold Coast (1) 5 defeated BMTA Red 016’s BoysRockhampton 4 defeated Gold Coast (A) 316’s GirlsKawana 8 defeated BMTA 618’s BoysRedlands 5 defeated Rockhampton 318’s GirlsCaboolture 4 defeated Redlands 2Related Links2015 QLD JSC
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We’ve toughened up since Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino feels his players have become mentally stronger over the first-half of the season.Pochettino believes the temperament of his squad has improved following a dressing down at Old Trafford.He was agitated by players talking about winning the Premier League title after beating Manchester United 3-0 in August.”After our victory at Old Trafford, I was so disappointed with some of the comments, the way we assimilated the victory,” said Pochettino ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth.”After that we improved a lot and learned. In football you always have to be respectful and talk on the pitch. We’re in a very good position — last 16 of the Champions League, semi-final of the Carabao Cup and third in the Premier League table.”I remember when we arrived it always was about how? How do we reduce the gap to the top? How can we be competitive in big games? How can we be consistent? How? How? How? After four-and-a-half years I think we’re in a very good position. But now the last step is the most difficult step. It looks so close but sometimes it’s not so close. That is why it’s tough to keep going.”In our first press conference after the World Cup I told you this is going to be one of the most difficult seasons for us. When many things were negative, when all the circumstances were not the best to start with… But we fought a lot and we took a massive challenge, fighting all together, and we’re doing a fantastic job.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Mirallas blasts ex-Everton boss Allardyce: He doesn’t know football!by Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton winger Kevin Mirallas does not have too many good memories of Sam Allardyce.The veteran manager was in charge of Everton for a short period a few seasons ago, where he stabilised the club for a top half finish.But many fans were unhappy at Allardyce’s negative tactics, and Mirallas does not recall the period too fondly.”[Former Everton bosses Roberto] Martinez and [Ronald] Koeman wanted to play football but after, there was Allardyce,” Mirallas told The Athletic.”I don’t know if he even knew football because he only spent five minutes on the pitch in training. “Nobody knows this, but it’s true. “That’s difficult. You have to pick players at the weekend but you don’t watch training.”I only stayed for one month while he was there but I spoke to some players and they told me it was very difficult. “It’s true he won a lot of games, but they didn’t enjoy it.”
New Delhi: The Indian team management are “not confused” about the composition of the World Cup squad despite their ODI series defeat against Australia as only one slot is up for grabs, said skipper Virat Kohli. Before the start of the series, Kohli had said that a couple of places need to be sealed and now it is down to just one man. While the confusion regarding No 4 slot and second wicketkeeper’s position remain, the skipper said that they are “sorted”. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”We are more or less sorted,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony adding: “Now, it’s about giving guys their roles and expect them to stand up. We are not at all confused. Maybe there’s just one spot we’ve to discuss.” Kohli said that giving fringe players game time was always an idea and he will not use it as an excuse for not winning the series. “Last three games, the idea was to give fringe guys some (game) time and see how they react. No excuses, we’re expected to raise our standard of cricket. The changes will never be an excuse. We will (still) take a lot of confidence going into the World Cup,” the skipper said. Kohli expects that his players will reflect on the mistakes made during the series and take corrective measures going into the World Cup. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”It’s good we have had these losses, to correct these at the World Cup. The guys will reflect on this series quite a bit. We have been playing a lot of games on the road. We can be proud of the cricket that we’ve played in the last few months. The series didn’t go well yes, but we’ve played well,” the skipper was all praise for his team. On the series defeat, Kohli was magnanimous in his praise for the Australian side which had “more hunger”.
Los Angeles Dodgers+1.12– But how can a player — or a whole team — develop high spin rates? Some players have high fastball spin rates innately, and others don’t — changing grip on a breaking ball can change spin rate, but it’s difficult to throw a fastball differently. Unlike velocity, which can be trained, a pitcher’s fastball spin ratio is thought to be extremely difficult to alter naturally.The unnatural solution is for a pitcher to apply a foreign substance. In May, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer drew the ire of the Houston Astros when he addressed the subject of sticky substances and their effect on performance.“There is a problem in baseball right now that has to do with sticky substances and spin rates,” Bauer said. “We know how it affects spin rate and we know how spin rate affects outcomes and pitches and movements that have a big difference in a game, a season and each individual player’s career.”“The people who choose not to do it are at a competitive disadvantage.” Chicago White Sox-0.80– Cleveland Indians+0.34– Major league rules state that no pitcher may apply “a foreign substance of any kind to the ball,” but the rule is rarely invoked — you’ll often see MLB pitchers tugging at their caps or touching their nonthrowing arms on the mound. When the rule is enforced, the offense is usually egregious — like in 2014 when Yankee Michael Pineda was ejected and ultimately suspended for putting pine tar on his neck and then on the baseball.We reached out to the MLB Commissioner’s Office last week, but it declined to comment on whether the league is investigating high spin rates.Opposing teams can ask umpires to check for substances, but that’s a rare occurrence. Indians manager Terry Francona actually apologized to Hinch in May for the spin-talk controversy on social media.“You’ve never seen me go out and challenge anybody because, if I feel like somebody is trying to grip the ball, I’m glad,” Francona said. A firmer grip might increase spin, but it also might prevent a pitcher from beaning a batter. “Yeah, they might make a better pitch, but there would not be a worse feeling than, as a hitter, knowing that this guy might let this one fly … What happens sometimes is when guys do stuff blatantly, it puts everybody in a tough spot, because it’s a rule, but he’s just trying to hold the ball.”Baseball has a long history of living with some common forms of rule-bending, such as sign stealing, scuffing baseballs and neighborhood plays. Even Bauer agrees that enforcing the rule isn’t the answer.“Allow it. I don’t see that there’s a way to enforce it,” he said in May. “So pick a substance that’s sticky … and just put it on the back of the mound.”MLB might have its own solution down the road: a tackier ball that is in development. The Indians were among the teams that tested the new ball this spring.“ I just hope that at some point, maybe we can morph into that,” Francona said, “because I think maybe it could be really helpful.”Of course even a tacky ball could always be tackier. Players and teams will probably always be looking for an edge, particularly now that they can quantify the power of spin.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Pittsburgh Pirates+0.54– New York Yankees+1.47– Seattle Mariners+0.46– San Diego Padres+0.33– * 2018 data through Sept. 20Source: Baseball savant Boston Red Sox+0.63– Houston Astros+0.90– When a thrown ball departs from a straight path, it’s because the speed of its spin creates a pressure differential. The ball moves toward the direction of lower pressure. In baseball, this phenomenon — known as the Magnus Effect — combines with the orientation of the ball’s spin axis to force a curveball to break downward and a slider to move more laterally. More spin equals more movement. The Magnus Effect forces a four-seam fastball in another direction: up.Just about every four-seam fastball is thrown in a similar manner, with the index and middle fingers of the throwing hand last making contact with the ball. Bauer, who’s known for taking a scientific approach to pitching, explained that to increase spin on four-seam fastballs, the pitcher’s fingers must maintain contact longer to form a more acute tangential angle with the ball. Bauer believes this is largely an innate trait — unless a sticky substance helps the fingers adhere to the ball for a fraction of second longer.University of Illinois physics professor Alan Nathan, an MLB consultant, agreed with Bauer’s theory.“It’s probably pretty hard to change that [fastball spin] ratio for an individual,” Nathan said of naturally changing spin rate. “I can see that you could do it for a curveball because a curveball involves some technique whereas a fastball is pure power. There is no finesse.”It seems like Bauer tried to prove his point with an on-field experiment. During the season, Bauer ranked 164th out of 495 pitches in average spin rate at 2,322 rpms. But in one inning of an April 30 start in Texas, Bauer’s average spin rate surged while his velocity remained steady. He came close to hitting 2,700 rpm with a fastball — more than 300 rpms above his average. Philadelphia Phillies-0.17– Minnesota Twins+0.28– Arizona Diamondbacks+0.55– St. Louis Cardinals+0.52– Miami Marlins-0.16– Tampa Bay Rays-0.17– Baltimore Orioles-0.14– San Francisco Giants-0.08– Atlanta Braves+0.22– Kansas City Royals-0.40– Detroit Tigers+0.22– Chicago Cubs+0.32– Colorado Rockies+0.53– Washington Nationals-0.06– New York Mets+0.78– Milwaukee Brewers+0.84– Oakland Athletics-0.62– Los Angeles Angels+0.37– Which MLB teams are prizing spin?MLB teams by change in average rate of four-seam fastball revolutions per minute/miles per hour between 2015 and 2018* When baseball welcomed the new Statcast technology to every major league stadium in 2015, the system’s Doppler radar began tracking an underlying pitching skill: spin rate. Teams and players were suddenly armed with new data to study and optimize. They were able to quantify long-held beliefs about pitch characteristics, like “late life” and “rise,” and challenge established practices, like always keeping the ball down as a pitcher.As batters have adjusted their swings lower to crush the sinking fastball, more and more pitchers have sought to go up in the zone, above uppercut swing planes, with elevated fastballs. In every year of Statcast pitch tracking, the average height of four-seam fastballs upon reaching the plate has increased. And adding spin to the four-seam fastball is what makes it a bat-missing weapon. The teams that harness those high-spin pitches seem to have an advantage in getting to October: The Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians are the top four teams in spin rate on four-seam fastballs, and the Boston Red Sox are ninth.Leaguewide batting averages offer a snapshot into the importance of spin. When pitchers threw fastballs between 93 and 94 mph with an average spin range of 2,240 to 2,300 revolutions per minute, hitters posted a .279 average this season. But against the same velocity range with an increased spin of 2,540 to 2,600 rpms, batting average declines to .255. The more spin a fastball has, the more it appears to rise and resist gravity, and that creates more swings and misses, as demonstrated by Jeff Zimmerman of FanGraphs. Cincinnati Reds-0.99– Texas Rangers+0.88– TEAMChange in average Fastball RPM/MPH, 2015-18 Teams can acquire known high-spin pitchers, but whether individual teams and players can improve their spin ratios is another question. If a team or individual can learn how to alter fastball spin naturally, they would have a major competitive advantage. (Driveline Baseball’s Kyle Boddy wrote on Twitter earlier this year that one way to increase fastball spin without substance would be to throw a hybrid four-seam/cut fastball.)Eno Sarris found for The Athletic that pitchers joining the Astros have enjoyed small spin gains on average, but not every pitcher has made gains. FanGraphs found that the Blue Jays, Yankees, Rockies, Tigers and Astros added the most spin to new arrivals, often modest gains.Gerrit Cole of the Astros and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers are elite pitchers who have made significant gains in spin. Only Jorge De La Rosa had a greater year-to-year Bauer Unit improvement on his fastball (+2.31 rpm/mph) than Cole (+2.01 rpm/mph), according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of Statcast data through Sept. 20. Since 2015, Kershaw has added the most spin relative to velocity. His spin rate has increased from 2,217 rpms on average in 2015 to 2,388 this season despite his average fastball velocity falling from 94.2 mph in 2015 to 90.7 this season. That helped Kershaw rank fourth in vertical fastball movement among starters, or average rise, with 10.9 inches this season.Cole has always had one of the top fastball velocities in the game. The pitch averaged 96.6 mph for him this season1Through Sept. 20. after he posted a 95.9 mph mark last season. But his average spin increased from 2,164 rpms last season to 2,374 this season. Cole ranks 34th in rise (9.7 inches vertical inches) among 176 starting pitchers to have thrown 200 fastballs this season and ninth in whiffs per swing (29.3 percent). Cole ranked 127th in vertical rise on his fastball last season (8.8 inches) and 37th in whiffs per swing (21.6 percent), among 189 qualified pitchers.In May, Cole told me that he learned to release the ball differently after working with Verlander, changing the pitch’s spin axis by looking for “true rotation and hop” and “staying behind the ball better.” Cole said the Astros also worked with him on pitch usage and location.Astros manager A.J.Hinch said in a radio interview that Cole is throwing fewer two-seamers, a lower-spin pitch that is sometimes mislabeled by Statcast, and that Cole has made “subtle tweaks.” Cole did record several high-spin fastballs in Pittsburgh that seemed to be outliers, so baseball blogger Saul Forman suggested that the Astros might have simply identified an untapped skill. Cole finished this season fifth in baseball in pitching wins above replacement.Statcast technology is imperfect. Hinch is right in saying that Statcast doesn’t label every pitch correctly. And its Doppler radar doesn’t read spin axis,2Rapsodo tracking technology does that. which means that Statcast does not differentiate between transverse spin — which is sensitive to Magnus Effect — and gyrospin, which is not. Transverse spin is front spin (for a curveball or slider) or backspin (for a fastball) that rotates around an axis that is perpendicular to direction of motion. Gyrospin is like that of a bullet or football thrown in a spiral. A gyrospin axis is in line with the direction of motion. Most pitches have an element of each type of spin. Still, of all pitches, the four-seam fastball has the most consistent spin axis, Nathan said, so it should be most accurate to evaluate via Statcast. Bauer was asked after the game if he had used a foreign substance in that inning, and he said simply, “No comment.” He did acknowledge testing different substances in the lab at Driveline Baseball in Kent, Washington, where he trains and researches in the offseason.“I’ve melted down Firm Grip and Coca-Cola and pine tar together,” Bauer told reporters in May. “I’ve tested a lot of stuff. At 70 mph, when we were doing the tests, spin rates jumped between 300-400 rpm while using various different sticky substances. The effect is slightly less pronounced at higher velocities … but still between 200–300 rpm increase.”Driveline Baseball has tried to make it easier to measure spin rate. It released a metric in November 2016 called “Bauer Units,” a measure for spin divided by velocity. That allows us to look across teams and isolate which players might be generating spin more than others. And some of the most analytically driven teams seemed to valued spin more as soon as Statcast began measuring.Raw spin rate generally increases with velocity, but it’s the spin-to-velocity (rpm-to-mph) ratio that is so crucial to determining pitch movement. For instance, a high-velocity fastball with just average spin will not have as great of a rise effect as a lower-velocity, higher-spin fastball will. The ideal fastball is high-spin, high-velocity, like that of Justin Verlander. The Astros ace ranks second in baseball in vertical movement of his fastball, at 11.2 inches, with an average velocity of 95 mph. His fastball generates 29.4 percent whiffs per swing, seventh in baseball. It’s that rpm-to-mph ratio that is considered difficult to improve in fastballs by those who, like Bauer, have experimented in lab settings.In recent seasons, the Astros added spin outliers in Verlander and Ryan Pressley, who rank fifth and 10th in raw fastball spin rate and fifth and 16th in Bauer Units. (Bauer ranks 162nd out of 348 pitchers in Bauer Units.) The Yankees acquired Aroldis Chapman and Sonny Gray. The Dodgers made a significant investment, three years and $48 million, in elite spin-rate artist Rich Hill after the 2016 season despite his lengthy history of injury and inconsistency.The Dodgers, Astros and Yankees rank first, third and fourth in Bauer Units this season. And since 2015, those same three teams lead in Bauer Units added, suggesting that they better prize and/or teach the skill. All three teams declined interview requests on how they evaluate and develop spin. Toronto Blue Jays+0.07–
12 teams, three groups, two teams from Asia, this is the new version of the world’s oldest tournament set to be played in Brazil this summer.The draw for the 2019 Copa America tournament already took place, with 12 nations from two confederations competing for a single trophy.Six stadiums in five hosts cities in Brazil will witness how from June 14 to July 7th, 12 teams will try to show they are the best in South America.Including Japan and Qatar.These two Asian teams, who are currently in the Semifinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and who might even get to meet in the final, were invited by CONMEBOL.This happened after both Mexico and the United States from CONCACAF decided not to attend a tournament they have been left uninvited when it was announced, then invited again some months ago.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Hosts Brazil will lead Group A together with Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru.Argentina was drawn into Group B with Colombia, Paraguay, and guests Qatar.While Uruguay is set to play in Group C with Ecuador, Japan, and Chile.The best two teams of each group will qualify directly to the Quarterfinals, while the best two ranked third places will also win a ticket to the elimination round.The Group Stage will be played from June 14 up to the 24th, while the Quarterfinals will be played from the 27 to the 29.Semifinals are set to be played on July 2nd and 3rd. Meanwhile, the Third Place match is scheduled for July 6 and the final for July 7 at Maracana Stadium.
The German footballer is working hard to be considered for the first-team tomorrow against Russia, but he knows he’s contending with othersGermany national team international Serge Gnabry hopes he can make it into the starting eleven tomorrow against Russia.“I wouldn’t have any problems with that. I would be excited to play for Germany again. We played well against France and are doing everything we can to be dangerous and to play attacking football,” he told the nations’ official website.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“The atmosphere in the team is very upbeat. I feel very happy and am having fun here. There are a few us who played together for the U21s and this makes it easier to settle into the senior team.”“I have my anatomy to thank for why I can run so fast. However, as a footballer, you constantly have to work hard on your strengths,” he explained.“Timo Werner is also a fast player and pace is a strength for anyone. I always try to give my best on the pitch. I hope my performances contribute to me playing an important role for club and country.”
Max Allegri praised his players after beating SPAL but wants them to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo who thinks ahead of the next moveGoals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic were enough to wrap up three points for the current defending Champions.“It wasn’t easy, as we had only 20 points in the last 10 games after a break for international duty,” the Coach told Football Italia.“We struggled more in the first half than the second, whereas we changed a few things with Douglas Costa behind Ronaldo and Mandzukic, so that helped the team both on and off the ball.“Douglas Costa had a bit of a rough period due to injuries and other issues, but he put in a good performance this evening, above all in terms of personality.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Rodrigo Bentancur has improved a great deal, although he still needs a little step forward when on the ball, as he has to pick the right pass. Timing is very important in these situations to find your teammate in a good position.“Miralem Pjanic and Bentancur had to stay fairly static in midfield, otherwise we’d risk SPAL going on the counter-attack.“Ronaldo moves and thinks so quickly, he saw Douglas Costa coming out the corner of his eye and pulled the pass back. We need to all improve in that sense, being able to think ahead to the next move.“I do look at the characteristics of the opponents, but I make my choices above all based on motivation and determination. Every now and then, a spell on the bench is good for players, especially if they play all the time and can get a bit sleepy.“It’s a very competitive squad. Daniele Rugani is a very good defender, but we have five excellent defenders. Medhi Benatia played against Milan because it was his kind of game, he had to get the crosses in the box.”
Dutch sensation and Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt has been crowned the 2018 Golden Boy as the most promising Under-21 player in Europe.De Ligt has been a subject of transfer speculation to LaLiga champions Barcelona and Premier League title holders Manchester City, the 19-year-old centre-back claimed the Tuttosport award after receiving the most votes from an international panel.Matthijs de Ligt has been crowned Europe’s Golden Boy 🏆What a talent he is 🙌 pic.twitter.com/cX3J2kdST0— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 17, 2018Van Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.De Ligt saw off opposition from Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, AC Milan forward Patrick Cutrone, Roma winger Justin Kluivert and Real Madrid teenager Vinicius Junior to win the accolade.PSG forward Kylian Mbappe was the last recipient of the award and he went on to help the French team win the World Cup.Netherlands international De Ligt – under contract until 2021 – has been a revelation since making his debut for boyhood club Ajax in 2016, establishing himself in the heart of the Eredivisie club’s defence.A first international call-up following last year and De Ligt continues to attract interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Barca reportedly at the front of the queue.