The reigning European Champs were put through their paces in the finals series before securing both the Men’s and Women’s Open titles against Wales.The English Women’s Open team with 2007 World Cup Women’s Open MVP – Melanie Carsons, at the helm as player/coach, built their campaign on rock-solid defence as they swept a clean path through the opposition in the rounds. The English Men’s Open team also finished the rounds ranked number one in defence, and thus set the scene for the ‘Lions’ to hold their mantle as king of the hill in the European Touch community. England would not have it all their own way however, and in the Mixed Open division, it was 2011 World Cup hosts, Scotland, that rose to the top with a high scoring 12 – 9 victory over the reigning champs, preventing another clean-sweep. England were too good for Scotland in the Men’s 30’s division (6 – 3), whilst Wales prevailed over the Scots 6 – 4 in the Men’s 35’s, and Ireland outclassed France 9 – 3 in the Men’s 40’s category.After dominating all before them in the rounds, Sydney Rebels and the NZ Academy fought out a gritty encounter. NZ Academy just edged out Sydney Rebels 4 – 3 in the Mixed Open – Rest of the World Final in which Wagga Wagga’s Luke McKenzie was appointed as a referee to the final. In all, forty-five teams attended the event including teams from Belgium, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, and Wales.Men’s Open ResultsGold Medal Game: England (5) defeated Wales (4)Bronze Medal Game: France (9) defeated Scotland (1)Rest of the World Final: Colonials (9) defeated Netherlands (4)Women’s Open ResultsGold Medal Game: England (3) defeated Scotland (2) Bronze Medal Game: Scotland (2) defeated Germany (1)Mixed Open ResultsGold Medal Game: Scotland (12) defeated England (9) Bronze Medal Game: Wales (7) defeated France (5)Rest of the World Final: NZ Academy (4) defeated Sydney Rebels (3)Men’s 30’s ResultsGold Medal Game: England (6) defeated Scotland (3)Bronze Medal Game: Wales (6) defeated France (3)Men’s Masters (35’s) ResultGold Medal Game: Wales (6) defeated Scotland (4)Men’s Veterans (40’s) ResultGold Medal Game: Ireland (9) defeated France (3)Full scores can be found on the official European Champs website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-5205-0-0-0&a=COMPS Thanks to the Federation of International Touch website for providing the article content.
Posters are 20×30 inch full colour print and are $140 each including GST plus postage. Following Australia’s success in both the Youth Trans Tasman Series and World Cup, be sure to purchase your copy of the posters for yourself or your affiliate. To view the posters, please click on the attachments below. To purchase your copy of the posters, please visit the Touch Football Australia online shop by clicking on the following link – http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=396. Once you get to the online shop homepage, click on ‘general resources’ in the categories section and then search for ‘2011’ to view the posters. Alternatively, please contact Touch Football Australia on (02) 6212 2800 to place your order. Related Fileswctest-jpgtttest-jpg
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It was an exciting day of finals at the Raiders Belconnen fields on Saturday, with the semi finals and grand finals of the 2012 ACT Super League series. Please see below for the results. Eagles Win Men’s Super League TitleThe Woden Eagles have claimed the ACT Men’s Super League title, defeating last year’s winners the Northern Phoenix by one touchdown. The Eagles led for the majority of the game and after leading by one touchdown at half-time were able to hold on to claim the title 8-7. Vikings Claim Women’s Super League VictoryThe Tuggeranong Vikings have come from behind to claim the 2012 ACT Super League Women’s Open title, defeating the Canberra City Bears 8-5. The Vikings trailed at half-time by one touchdown but five second half touchdowns to one saw them take away the win by three touchdowns. To see the full match reports, please visit www.acttouch.com.au. Highlights from the Super League finals have been uploaded to the TFA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksSuper League Finals
“All you have to do – is start.”That’s the message from Australian Men’s Open Touch Football captain, Steve Roberts, in the NRL Touch Football ‘Play our Game’ television commercial, which will be broadcast nationally on Channel Nine and Fox Sports from Sunday, 10 August 2014 and over the coming months. The theme of the 30-second commercial is ‘belief’ with Roberts relaying at his home Touch Football venue at Canterbury-Bankstown and holding a photo of himself from his junior days: “you don’t just become a great footy player overnight; but the more you play, the more you believe in yourself.” The commercial is the third in the series developed by the NRL and broadcast earlier in the year to boost participation and registrations into Rugby League and Touch Football competitions across the country. The previous ads featured NRL stars Jarryd Hayne and Jared Waerea-Hargraves outlining their motivations and backgrounds as kids joining their mates playing in junior rugby league teams as the start of their careers. The Touch Football execution developed through the alliance with the NRL features a cross-section of participants and according to TFA CEO, Colm Maguire, demonstrate their own belief and the diverse nature of the sport: with girls and boys, women and men and a junior mixed team from Touch Football affiliates including the Manly Sea Eagles, Balmain Tigers, Bankstown Jets and Hills Hornets. “We are very excited by the national release of the Touch Football commercial; shining a light on our sport across the lounge-rooms of Australia and encouraging kids and adults of all ages and sizes to play our great game over Summer in coming months,” he said. “As Steve so clearly states and others illustrate in the ad – all people literally have to do is ‘start’ and they’re away; into a lifetime of team bonding, fun, fitness and sharing great times and stories with teammates and opponents alike on and off the footy field.“We are hoping for this to be our biggest season on record with our new NRL Touch Football product brand, new alignment and approaches with our counterparts at the NRL and improved player experiences out on the park proposed now and into the future.” The commercial will be broadcast from 8 August and will run through September and October to promote recruitment and registrations into local competitions for the upcoming Touch Football summer season.A distinct call-to-action element features at the tail-end of the commercial encouraging prospective players to ‘Play our Game’ and visit the playnrl.com/Touch Football website. It’s as easy as keying in their postcode to locate their nearest competition details and registration and contact information to get involved and start playing. The National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia have launched an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. The two sports (Touch Football and Rugby League) are working together to create under the NRL banner the largest sporting community in the country (over 1 million participants) which will reflect the wider support that exists for Rugby League and the game’s commitment to ensuring there is a ‘place on the field’ for everyone. For all Touch Football news and information go to the TFA website at www.touchfootball.com.au or you can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus) as well as YouTube (www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus) to see the latest posts and in the lead-up/countdown to new season competitions.Related Files140808_nrl_tf_tvc__play_our_game__media_release_v1_0-pdfRelated LinksNRL TV Commercial
NRL Touch Footballâ€™s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. The TomTom Spark is now available at a special price of $284 for TFA members. Train with over 500 songs and your heart rate on your wrist with the TomTom Spark Cardio and Music GPS Fitness Watch, with 3GB built in music player. For more information, please click here. To take advantage of this deal, youâ€™ll need to use the code â€˜SPARKFEB16â€™ to redeem (online only, not to be used with any other offer). Hurry, the offer is only valid until Monday, 22 February. Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Deal
The first day of play of National Touch League 2018 and Elite 8 was a beauty. Participants took the revised game touchdown turnaround format in their stride and played some superb touch football.And in the spirit of International Women’s Day, we were celebrating the fact that 58 of the 123 teams were either Women’s or Mixed – with a total of 812 female players.Speaking of awesome women, in the Women’s 27’s, NQ remains undefeated, as do the Cobras in the Women’s 35’s and the Hornets in the Women’s 40’s.Another division we want to give a big shout-out to is the new addition – Men’s 60’s. The Scorpions did particularly well in that division, coming out on top after day one.The Men’s T League has a wealth of strong contenders, with the CQ Bulls, Sunshine Coast, the ACT Raiders and Sharks all undefeated.The Men’s 30’s is another particularly competitive division, with the Sharks, Scorpions and Hornets undefeated on day one.In the Men’s 40’s, the Scorpions came out on top, and in the Men’s 45’s the Cobras and Sunshine Coast didn’t lose a game.In Senior Mixed, Tasmania prevailed, and three teams in the Mixed Opens – the Sharks, Rebels and Cobras – remain undefeated.In Elite 8, Queensland teams are at the top of the Men’s and Women’s ladders by the end of day one: the Women’s Titans and Men’s Cowboys. That’s despite the fact that the star try scorers for the Elite 8 tournament came from other teams – Ashleigh Quinlan for the Rebels (8 touchdowns throughout the day) and Tommy Quinlivan from the Broncos (7 touchdowns).The other top try scorers for the day were Serena Albert, with 8 touchdowns for the Rebels in the Mixed Opens, Braydon Hegarty, with 8 for the CQ Bulls in the Men’s T League… And the player who made the most tries for the day – Troy Nichols, who made 9 for the Sharks in the Men’s 30’s.We’re looking forward to seeing how the action unfolds tomorrow! Catch up on Thursday’s Field 1 games at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEfkB8ylEJ8 and watch tomorrow (Friday’s) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WsFEEAPHB0.
Everton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be builtby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief Farhad Moshiri is determined for their new stadium to be built.Planning permission is set to be submitted in the second half of this year, with the first ‘spade in the ground’ anticipated in early 2020.After a number of false dawns over previous projects Moshiri is adamant the stadium will be built.”It has nothing to do with my vision, it is a necessity. That must be understood – we don’t have a choice, we don’t have a Plan B or a Plan C,” he said at their AGM.”Very much like Arsenal and Tottenham that had to build a stadium – they were not given stadiums like West Ham or Manchester City.”We have a lot of experience so I think we will complete this stadium, be sure that will happen. And I will throw as much money as needed.”Private markets will provide £350m, naming rights will give us some more and we maybe have an equity gap of £100m.”I think this club, under the management of Marcel and leadership of Denise (Barrett-Baxendale, the club’s chief executive) is sufficiently robust to see the project through. It is no luxury, we have to get it done.”If we want to have a big club we need a modern stadium and we will get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
We’ve reached the Elite Eight of our ’64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports’ bracket, and the first 1-seed has gone down. Duke basketball fans, it turns out, aren’t quite as annoying as some of the other groups on our list. The other 1-seeds – Kentucky Basketball Fans, Notre Dame Football Fans and Alabama Football Fans – are holding strong, however.You can see the opening round matchups here, the ‘Round of 32’ matchups here, and the Sweet 16 matchups here. Here’s the updated bracket – you can vote on this week’s four matchups below.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases Bracket Vote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 3. S-E-C ChantersAuburn Football fans were no match for #BBN, as Kentucky Basketball Fans held serve to move onto the Elite Eight, 72%-28%. There, they meet up with S-E-C Chanters, who took down People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks, 65%-35%. Will UK supporters join their basketball team in the Final Four? More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or S-E-C Chanters?Vote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 4. Fans Who Tweet At RecruitsIt’s a matchup between #FSUTwitter and, well, another group of annoying tweeters. Seminoles fans were voted more annoying than USC supporters, 63%-37%. Meanwhile, Duke Basketball fans became the first 1-seed to fall. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits scored the upset, 55%-45%. We’ll be shocked if they advance again, though. More Annoying: Florida State Football Fans or Fans Who Tweet At Recruits?Vote On The #WeAre Region Below1. Notre Dame Football Fans vs. 5. Texas A&M Football FansNotre Dame Football Fans took down Michigan Football Fans, 58%-42%, in a matchup that perhaps should have been slotted for later in the tournament. Meanwhile, Texas A&M Football Fans were voted slightly more annoying than Texas Football Fans, 52%-48%. Perhaps it’s because they’re in the SEC now? Which group will move onto the Final Four? More Annoying: Notre Dame Football Fans or Texas A&M Football Fans?Vote On The #PAWWWL Region Below1. Alabama Football Fans vs. 3. Paul Finebaum CallersIt’s beginning to look like Alabama Football Fans may be the most formidable force left in the bracket. Tide supporters took down Georgia Football Fans, 84%-16%, to set up a fitting all-SEC final in the #PAWWWL region. Paul Finebaum Callers, the 3-seed in the region, beat out Big East Nostalgists handily, 64%-36%. Good luck determining this one. More Annoying: Alabama Football Fans or Paul Finebaum Callers?Check Out The Sweet 16 Voting Here >>>
Twitter/@NickJuskewycz There were plenty of interesting possible upsets on the college football slate today, but we didn’t tab Jacksonville State over Auburn as one of them. However, the Gamecocks, who went 10-2 in FCS play last year, are half way to a stunning win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They lead the Tigers 10-6 at halftime.Auburn and Jacksonville State traded field goals early on, but the Gamecocks’ quarterback Eli Jenkins threw an impressive touchdown pass to Josh Barge to take the lead in the second quarter.Jacksonville State currently leads 6th ranked #Auburn 10-6, late in the second quarter. #JSUvsAUB pic.twitter.com/B50kBpQDXD— CFB Nation (@UofCFB) September 12, 2015There is plenty of time life, but Auburn fans have to be concerned with how the team has come out against what should be an overmatched opponent.
Will SmithA surveillance video from a New Orleans’ restaurant appears to show Will Smith in a possible hit-and-run with his alleged killer before the former Ohio State star’s death on Saturday night. Smith, 34, was shot to death in the Lower Garden District of the city. It had been reported that Smith was involved in a road-rage incident that led to him getting shot multiple times. A man has been arrested for the killing. The video shows a Mercedes SUV bumping the rear end of a Hummer near the intersection of Magazine Street and St. Andrew Street, a location about two blocks from where Cardell Hayes allegedly killed Smith. Smith was driving a Mercedes G63 SUV on Saturday night, while Hayes was driving a Hummer H2.Here’s the video. Hayes’ attorney said his client was involved in a hit-and-run. “Someone hit him,” John Fuller said. “The person failed to pull over. My client trailed behind this person in an effort to get their license plate number. My client also called 911.”Hayes was arrested on Sunday on a second-degree murder charge.
Manchester United made it two wins from two under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they saw off Huddersfield Town 3-1 on Wednesday.Goals in each half from Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba sealed a happy return to Old Trafford for Solskjaer, who received a rapturous reception before kick-off.The victory, which followed a 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff City in their first match since Jose Mourinho’s departure, means the Red Devils are back to within five points of the top four having played a game more than Arsenal and Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Huddersfield, who got a goal back late on through Mathias Jorgensen, are bottom of the Premier League table and five points from safety.Old Trafford welcomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer! #MUFC #MUNHUD pic.twitter.com/ESOlwy4j8O— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 26, 2018United should have been behind in the first 10 minutes, Terence Kongolo slicing a shot over the crossbar from barely five yards out after a long throw was flicked on by Alex Pritchard.The visitors kept United at bay until 28 minutes in, when Matic tapped in after Victor Lindelof’s header was blocked on the line.Diego Dalot shot wide from a Marcus Rashford cross and Huddersfield threatened to punish that miss with a good start to the second half, in which Laurent Depoitre was denied acrobatically by David de Gea.That save proved pivotal as, three minutes later, United doubled their lead. Juan Mata danced his way into the penalty area and found Ander Herrera, who teed up Pogba to sweep home first time.Pogba added gloss to the scoreline and a super personal display with 12 minutes to go, collecting Jesse Lingard’s pass and bending a sublime low strike past Jonas Lossl from 25 yards out, making Jorgensen’s late tap-in mere consolation. What does it mean? United building momentum under SolskjaerThis was not as slick a performance as United produced at Cardiff, but they largely kept Huddersfield under control and certainly played the majority of the match on the front foot.Back-to-back wins under Solskjaer will only help to boost morale after those tough final few months under Mourinho, and Arsenal and Chelsea will play later on Wednesday knowing that anything but a win will give United hope in their quest to catch the top four.As for Huddersfield, who have lost 13 of their 19 league games this season, their chances of survival are looking increasingly slim.Pogba full of smiles againIn a week in which he released his only emoji app, Pogba put in a performance of undeniable joy. His goals were expertly taken, but his all-round impact was best summed up when he won back possession near his own penalty area and fired a pinpoint 70-yard pass to Marcus Rashford.4 – Paul Pogba has been involved in four goals in two Premier League games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (2 goals, 2 assists), the same total he had registered in his last 12 games under Jose Mourinho (1 goal, 3 assists). Upturn. pic.twitter.com/BzQA8KEHZo— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2018Fred needs to find his feetDespite a new manager, Fred still seems to be struggling in this United side. Another performance with one too many errors lasted only 53 minutes.Key Opta Facts- Solskjaer is just the fifth man to win both of his first two league matches in charge of Manchester United, after TJ Wallworth, Matt Busby, Dave Sexton and Mourinho.- Huddersfield have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 15 away games against United in league competition (45 goals conceded).- United have not lost a home league game on Boxing Day since 1978-79 (0-3 versus Liverpool), winning 15 and drawing three since.- Huddersfield are only the fourth team in Premier League history to lose six matches in one calendar month (Norwich in April 1995, Wimbledon in April 2000, Leicester in April 2001).What’s next?United host Bournemouth on Sunday, a day after Huddersfield travel to Fulham. read more
David Mearns, the director of Bluewater Recoveries and the man who was at the head of the renewed efforts to locate the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson , says the families of both the player and the pilot know they are dead.Mearns led the operation to find the aircraft, which disappeared off the radar near the Channel Islands on its voyage from Nantes, after a crowdfunding page raised well over the target to restart the search after initial investigations by authorities had been called off.The plane was found just hours after the search had recommenced, with video footage revealing one body on board the wreckage . Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With authorities having stated last week that chances of survival for either of the individuals were ‘extremely remote’, Mearns has now confirmed the priority is trying to recover the bodies.“What these families know at the moment is that both [Sala and Ibbotson] are dead and what they want is to recover their bodies,” Mearns said in an interview with Clarin .“The most important thing is the bodies. Recovering the bodies is the most important thing for both families. The plane is a different matter, that’s related only to determining the cause of the accident.”Means stated that he was no longer involved in the operation, with British authorities having taken over following the discovery of the wreckage , but did offer some insight into how the bodies would be recovered.“I’m not involved anymore. Once we found it, everything was in the hands of the Air Accidents Investigations Branch. They will investigate what caused the crash,” he said.“What I know is that they only have one body, that’s everything I know. They [AAIB] tried to recover the body during the night and I know they had some trouble.“If they are doing it now, they’re doing it with a robotic vehicle, operated remotely by a pilot and connected to the ship with a cable. It has cameras and microphones and has robotic arms.“The issue is where the body is; that is to say if it is free or if it’s stuck in the seats. They can recover the body in different ways: they could possibly use a hook or a rope. You could also potentially use a basket.“There are many ways of doing it. As far as I know, there are no divers.“The family will be very grateful for their efforts. Now, we’re praying for them to succeed.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The new Tim Tebow Heisman commercial is amazing. Watch it below.Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, who has been in the news recently for his attempt to play baseball professionally, is the new star of a Nissan ‘Heisman House’ commercial that is sure to make the rounds. In the clip, Tebow and fellow former Florida signal-caller Danny Wuerffel are the stars of a music video that is dedicated to the Gators.It’s eventually revealed that Tebow is fast asleep in his bed at the ‘Heisman House’ – he’s dreaming.Tebow was also part of another Nissan ‘Heisman House’ commercial that was released yesterday. In that one, which is focused on former Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Tebow is lifting weights with one arm.Tebow shared the new video with his followers on social media on Thursday.In Tebow’s illustrious college career, he helped Florida win two national titles. In four seasons, he threw for 9,286 yards and 88 touchdowns against just 15 interceptions. He also rushed for 57 scores.Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy in a close race over Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. The rest of the top ten featured Hawaii’s Colt Brennan, Missouri’s Chase Daniel, Oregon’s Dennis Dixon, West Virginia’s Pat White, Boston College’s Matt Ryan, UCF’s Kevin Smith, LSU’s Glenn Dorsey and Virginia’s Chris Long.Tebow’s NFL career was not quite as successful, but he did help the Denver Broncos win a playoff game back during the 2011 season. He signed with the New York Jets in 2012 but never got another shot at being a starter. In his there years as a pro, he threw for 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He started 14 of his 34 games.In addition to trying his hand at baseball, Tebow is a college football analyst for the SEC Network. It’s unclear whether he’ll have to give that up if he signs with a team.
Oklahoma’s head football coach, Lincoln Riley, made a surprising comment about his quarterback, Kyler Murray, earlier this week.Murray, a top 10 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, is believed to be playing his final season of football. He’ll suit up for the Sooners this fall and then head off to the minor leagues.Riley, though, said he wasn’t sure if the 2018 season would be his last one with the Sooners. He was asked how he’s going to handle this being Murray’s final season.“Well, I’m not gonna really … decide how I want to handle that,” Riley said. “We’ll see if it’s his final year. That hasn’t really been determined yet. I’m not worried about it if it is or if it isn’t. That’s gonna have no impact on this year.“My hope through this whole thing is that Kyler is gonna be able to do what he wants to do. If he wants to go play baseball after this year, then we’ll wish him well and be happy for him. But the ball’s gonna be in his court, which is where it should be.”Murray’s agent has since responded to this idea.“Kyler’s baseball career has a very defined path which includes playing football at OU for only the 2018 season,” Boras told The Athletic.Murray was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s. If he ends up playing football for more than one season, that would be major news to them.
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There are a bunch of notable college football teams playing this evening. Will we be getting any upsets? Maybe…Michigan State, the No. 11 team in the country, is looking shaky through almost one quarter against Utah State, which the Spartans are hosting in East Lansing, Mich.MSU is trailing, 7-6, with a little less than three minutes to play in the first quarter.The Spartans just cut the lead to one point with a field goal. Michigan State had a disappointing showing at the goal line.Matt Coghlin’s second field goal of the game, this time from 32 yards out, cuts Utah State’s lead to 7-6 with 2:54 left in the first quarter.— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) August 31, 2018Michigan State has been picked as a potential Big Ten and College Football Playoff contender this fall. The Spartans need to get it going tonight, though.The game is on BTN.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 7: Doak S. Campbell Stadium during the first half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)It has been a miserable start to the season for Florida State. The Seminoles’ nightmare September got even worse today with injury news regarding running back Khalan Laborn.Laborn, a former five-star recruit, injured his knee in the win over Samford on Sept. 8. He had surgery last week, and originally, it was thought he might be able to return at some point this fall.However, that won’t be the case. FSU head coach Willie Taggart announced tonight that Laborn is out for the season.Laborn dislocated his kneecap on the kick return when he got injured, and apparently the injury was worse than it appeared at first.Willie Taggart updates status of Khalan Laborn to say that he’s out for the season. He had surgery last Friday and they found out injury was more severe than anticipated.— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) September 17, 2018An explosive athlete, Laborn was a five-star prospect in the 2017 class. He redshirted last season, but was expected to contribute heavily this year.In his lone offensive touch of the season, Laborn turned a short reception against Virginia Tech into a 37-yard gain. He also returned three kicks for 64 yards.You couldn’t have drawn up a worse beginning of the season for Florida State. There is already a GoFundMe to replace Willie Taggart, who is in his first season in Tallahassee.The Seminoles will look to get back in the win column when they host Northern Illinois this Saturday.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: DAndre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers on September 29, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Georgia lost to LSU on Saturday, meaning the Bulldogs are no longer among the ranks of the unbeaten. As a result, it looks like there are now four teams that should be considered favorites when it comes to inclusion in the College Football Playoff.To be clear, there are a number of teams – including Georgia – that still control their own destiny the rest of the year. But after seven weeks, there are four teams that looks like odds-on favorites to play for it all in January.The first, obviously, is Alabama. Assuming the Crimson Tide handle Missouri on Saturday, the defending champs will be 7-0 with the No. 1 ranking in the country. Tua Tagovailoa has looked unstoppable. It’s hard to see Alabama losing before the Iron Bowl or the SEC title game.The second is Ohio State, which looked pedestrian against Minnesota on Saturday. The Buckeyes don’t look dominant right now, but it doesn’t matter, so long as they keep winning games. Ohio State is also 7-0 with wins over TCU and Penn State – and they’re easily the favorite in the Big Ten.The third is Clemson, despite the team’s close call against Syracuse two weeks ago. The Tigers are still the class of the ACC, and it’s hard to see them losing a game before the regular season is over.The fourth, and most controversial, is Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have big wins over Stanford, Virginia Tech and Michigan and don’t play an incredibly difficult schedule the rest of the way. The main issue for the Irish? They probably need to go 12-0 to get in. Notre Dame isn’t in a conference and therefore doesn’t have the opportunity to win a league title game.Other contenders include West Virginia, Georgia, Washington, Penn State, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, LSU and Florida.Georgia has to win the SEC title to get in the playoff. No other way now. Don’t have a Notre Dame win this year to help the resumé https://t.co/hK6ELRg7up— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 13, 2018There’s a lot of football to be played, but it’s safe to say that if those four teams win out, they’ll all meet in the playoff. It’d be a great event.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program is currently in the middle of Jim Harbaugh’s best season in Ann Arbor, but the Wolverines have suffered a loss tonight.Drew Singleton, a four-star sophomore linebacker, has opted to transfer out of the program.247Sports has confirmed news of the transfer with a Michigan spokesman.From the report:247Sports confirmed with Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf on Wednesday afternoon that second-year linebacker Drew Singleton has asked for and received a release from the program.Singleton, a Paramus (NJ) Catholic native, was once a Top100 recruit who committed to Michigan over a plethora of programs back in the 2017 recruiting cycle. He injured his knee his senior year at Paramus Catholic, but had worked his way back to full health this season and saw considerable time on special teams early on in the year.The former four-star’s transfer marks the fourth player to depart Michigan’s 2017 recruiting cycle, joining Corey Malone-Hatcher, Ja’Raymond Hall and Deron Irving-Bey.Singleton was ranked the No. 5 OLB and No. 79 overall recruit by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings coming out of high school in 2017.Michigan is set to play Michigan State on Saturday.
LSU football already faced an uphill battle against Alabama on Nov. 3, when both teams return from bye. After Saturday’s game, the Tigers will also be without star linebacker Devin White to start the game.White, one of the top players on a really dangerous LSU defense, was hit was an abysmal targeting call during the Tigers’ win over Mississippi State last weekend.As a result, he was ejected from the game, and will not miss the first half against Alabama.Targeting calls are often controversial, but you can usually see where the decision was made. On this one, however, it looks pretty clear that White did not lead with his helmet in a dangerous manner in hitting Nick Fitzgerald.#LSU LB Devin White will miss the 1st half of the #Alabama game for this targeting penalty: ? pic.twitter.com/TDqZQlmFsU— ESPN NOLA ? 100.3 FM (@ESPNRadioNOLA) October 21, 2018The SEC has already decided to uphold the suspension. That hasn’t stopped LSU fans from doing whatever they can think of to try and exert pressure on the league.A group of LSU football fans have already raised thousands of dollars to put up a “Free Devin White” billboard near the SEC’s offices in Birmingham, Ala.The cost of the billboard was far exceeded, so the rest of the donations are going to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.BOOM!All credit goes to Smalls on @TigerDroppings. Thanks to his efforts, the #FreeDevinWhite campaign raised over $6200, as of 3pm. Excess funds will go to the LSU Vet School Equine department. That donation currently sits at close to $2,500. pic.twitter.com/EsN9YMjxrl— Bradford (@LSUbradford) October 23, 2018Since the SEC has already come down with a decision, it doesn’t sound like there’s much hope for this to be reversed, but you can’t really blame Tiger fans for trying, given the absurdity of the call and the magnitude of the game against Alabama.The Tigers and Crimson Tide are set to kick-off at 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge. Alabama will be a heavy favorite in that one, with or without White on the field in the first half. It would be nice to see both teams with their full compliment of playmakers, though.