Taming Lions: Titans, now 8-0, pitch shutout

first_img Next UpThe win improved the Titans to a perfect 8-0 overall and 6-0 in district play. Memorial had already clinched a playoff spot in last week’s win over Port Neches-Groves and now has its sights set on closing out a district championship.“We made a lot of mental mistakes that we need to improve upon, and we didn’t take advantage of all our opportunities in the red zone,” said Memorial head coach Kenny Harrison following the win. “Our defense did a tremendous job of holding them down offensively. We just have to continue to get better.”Elijah Hines led all rushers with 110 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns, all of which came in the first half as he just watched from the sidelines in the second half with the game in firm control. Kobi Martin added 60 yards on five carries and a touchdown. By Daucy CrizerThe News correspondentLIVINGSTON – Port Arthur Memorial used a stifling defense and a big play offense to rout Livingston 54-0 in District 22-5A action Friday night at Lions Stadium. Kadon Harrison completed 15 of 26 passes for 193 yards and two scores. He also rushed six times for 18 yards and a touchdown. His main target was De’Andre Angelle, who caught six passes for 53 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception.For the game, Memorial amassed 449 yards of total offense, 256 on the ground and 193 passing. The Titans defense held the Lions to 0 yards rushing and just 32 yards passing. They also forced two fumbles and intercepted two passes. Kary Vincent Jr. returned one of the interceptions 49 yards for a touchdown.“Our defense takes a lot of pride in being the number one defense in the district,” said Harrison. “They work extremely hard and we have a lot of team speed. They just take pride week in, week out in limiting what offenses can do.”center_img Already leading 33-0, Memorial kept up the pressure with another score midway through the second half. The Titans turned the ball over on downs in their possession to open the third quarter. The two teams exchanged interceptions before Memorial mounted its first scoring drive of the second half.Taking advantage of great field position at the Livingston 36, Martin rushed for 15 yards and Ben Gordon followed with a 17-yard run to the Lions 5. Martin scored a play later on a 5-yard run to push the lead to 40-0 with4:06 left in the third.On the Lions ensuing possession, Vincent intercepted a Hunter Bland pass and weaved his way through traffic en route to a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown.Vincent now has seven interceptions on the season, returning three for touchdowns. He limited Livingston receiver Christian Mitchell to 13 yards on one reception. Mitchell was ejected from the game in the second quarter after Vincent broke up a pass. He came into the game as the leading receiver in District 22-5A.The Titans closed out the scoring early in the fourth quarter. Harrison hit James Francis over the middle for a short completion and Francis broke numerous tackles before finally getting brought down at the 1 for a 45-yard gain. Gordon capped the quick two-play drive with a 1-yard plunge to make the score 54-0 with 10:31 remaining in the contest.Livingston recovered a fumbled handoff at the Memorial 43 with 6:29 remaining in the game, which marked the first time the Lions had been in Titans territory all night. Bland completed a pass to BJ Mottu for 11 yards on third down to keep the drive going and Bland called his own number for a 20-yard gain, which included him recovering his own fumble at the Titans 9. A bad snap and a quarterback sack pushed the Lions back to the 27 and the drive ended without Livingston mounting a serious scoring threat.“In order for us to get where we want to be, we can’t sputter on offense,” said Harrison. “We’re going to have to get back and work on some things offensively. We did some good things on offense tonight, but we still have some things to clean up.“It’s good to have things to work on and clean up following a win though. I feel good about getting the win and improving to 6-0 in district.”The Titans started the scoring less than four minutes into the game. After forcing the Lions into a quick three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, Memorial went to work from the Livingston 45. Hines rushed for 25 yards on the Titans first play from scrimmage.Four plays later, Martin carried for 15 yards to the Livingston 1. Harrison called his own number on a zone read play and out sprinted everyone to the right pylon for the game’s first score and give the Titans a quick 7-0 lead with 8:08 left in the first quarter.Memorial squandered great field position on its next possession. Taking over at the Lions 25, the Titans couldn’t get anything going and turned the ball over on downs following an incomplete pass on fourth-and-7 from the 22.It was back to normal for Memorial on its third possession. Harrison hit Rickey Thomas for eight yards on third-and-five to keep the drive going. Consecutive runs of nine and eight yards by Hines put the ball at the Lions 31. Harrison hit Angelle for 13 yards to the 10. Hines did the rest, rushing for seven yards and closing out the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0 with 2:01 left in the quarter.The Titans defense forced a fumble on the first play of Livingston’s ensuing possession, taking over at the Lions 41. The drive looked to be stalled as Memorial lined up to punt the ball on fourth-and-10. However, the snap went to the up back, Keitha Jones, who ran the ball all the way down to the 1. Hines scored on a 1-yard plunge on the final play of the quarter. A low snap led to a missed extra point to make the score 20-0.Memorial added two more scores in the second quarter. Following a pair of incompletions and a chop block penalty, the Titans elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 22. Harrison found Angelle in the left corner of the end zone for a 22-yard scoring strike to give Memorial a 27-0 lead with 4:37 left in the second quarter.The Titans closed out the scoring on a 30-yard strike from Harrison to Adrian Williams to make the halftime score 33-0.last_img read more

Bayern Munich start pre-season training

first_imgBayern Munich returned to training on Tuesday for the 2020/2021 season, just over two weeks after completing a title treble with the UEFA Champions League crown.Bayern Munich players underwent coronavirus tests and then had a cyber training session from their homes, with the first full session on the training ground not scheduled until Friday.Their  first round Cup match against fifth tier Dueren, originally scheduled for the weekend, has been postponed to mid-October to give them more pre-season preparation time.They kick off their Bundesliga season Sept. 18 against Schalke 04 and then play UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla six days later in the European Super Cup in Budapest.Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga and German Cup in the past season.They then completed their second treble in club history on Aug. 23 when they beat Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon.Also on Tuesday, Munich said newly-signed defender Tanguy Nianzou was out “for the foreseeable future”.This came after he suffered a thigh muscle injury during training with the French under-20 national team.There are suggestions that the 18-year-old, who arrived from PSG, could miss up to six weeks.last_img read more

County Football Championship Latest Results

first_imgIn Group 3 Maigh Cuilinn beat Mountbellew/Moylough at Pearse Stadium 0-11 to 0-10. Earlier in the Senior Championship: At Tuam Stadium it ended Milltown 1-9 Barna 0-10.   Salthill Knocknacarra2-12   St Michael’s  1-6 at Pearse Stadium. In the Intermediate championship:Caltra overcame Williamstown at Tuam Stadium Caltra 1-9 Williamstown 0-10.Earlier Kilconly beat Corofin at Tuam Stadium. Final Score Kilconly 2-11   Corofin 2-5.At Maigh Cuilinn it ended Mícheal Breathnachs 3-6     Oughterard 1-14.Elsewhere it was victory for Kilkerrin/Clonberne 0-15 to  Clifden’s 0-8.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email In Group 2 of the Claregalway Hotel County Senior Football Championship, it ended Tuam Stars 2-12 Naomh Anna Leitir Mór 1-11. This evenings’ games due to take place in Kenny Park, Athenry have been called off. Killannin v Caherlistrane and Claregalway v St James’s have been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions. last_img read more

Pochettino urges fans’ patience over new stadium as it will be ‘best in Europe’

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has told impatient fans that Tottenham’s new stadium will be the “best in Europe.”Spurs supporters have been waiting for what feels like an eternity as the club’s multi-million pound arena prepares to open early next year.4 Mauricio Pochettino reckons the new stadium will be the best in EuropeCredit: ReutersTottenham have been playing matches at Wembley for the last 18 months after moving out of White Hart Lane.But fans are running out of patience after initially being told they were going to be playing in the new stadium at the start of this season.The switch to the new venue saw Spurs hold back on their transfers in the summer, with Pochettino landing not one single player.But the Argentine, who signed a new contract at the end of last season, insists the wait will be worth it.4 Spurs fans had been hoping to move into the new stadium last summerCredit: PA:Press AssociationLatest Spurs newsRacing TipsHOT OFF THE PRESSDon’t miss The Sun’s each-way thief and NAPs for today right hereDEIDRE’S CLASSIC PHOTO CASEBOOKSingle mum Penny avoids telling her date about baby PoppyMYSTIC MEGJuly 27: Passion is full-on and might ask a lot of you - but is worth the effortMIXED DOUBLESTennis legends Boris Becker and Bjorn Borg set sail with partners in IbizaHIT & RUN ‘MURDER’Woman, 38, ‘killed in hit & run’ after getting into van as man arrestedBLADE SHUNNERSAshley Banjo reveals Dancing On Ice could ditch studio audience in 2021Speaking after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, Pochettino said: “I would like to be 20-years-old and be a player that Tottenham offer a contract to, because [the stadium] will be amazing.“Again I say to our fans ‘patience’, because it’s going to be the best stadium in Europe.”However, Pochettino will be hoping the club upgrade his jacket after having a tricky time zipping it up at Selhurst Park.The Spurs boss reached for his coat after the heavens opened but struggled to close it properly… and ended up cutting his own fans with the zipper.Mauricio Pochettino is next manager to have trouble with his coat on the sidelines as he appears to cut his face open 4 Tottenham are set to start playing there in 2019Credit: Splash News4 Pochettino has told fans it will be worth the waitCredit: ReutersMost Read In SportFeatureNAKED TRUTHThe most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions in sport, including Venus WilliamsBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosLEADING BY EXAMPLEBrian O’Driscoll feels ‘too guilty’ not to wear face mask when shoppingFOND FAREWELLShane Lowry shares moving snap as he says goodbye to daughter Iris at airportVideoMAC IN ATTACKMcGregor shows off football skills as UFC star proves he’s no one-trick ponyCrystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham: Juan Foyth scores the winner as Spurs grab tight win at Selhurst Parklast_img read more

HR and the Challenge of ‘Agile Talent’

first_imgOriginally posted on the SHRM Book Blog. There is no doubt that the dependence of organizations on external expertise is growing. Deloitte estimates that 30 to 40 percent of full-time workers today are what we term “agile talent” (contractors, gigsters, consultants and other external advisors sought for their special expertise). Our data suggest that number may grow in the future: More than 50 percent of the global companies we surveyed plan to increase their use of agile talent. In our new book Agile Talent: How to Source and Manage Outside Experts (Harvard Business Review Press, 2016), we describe the strategic and organizational consequences of the rise of agile talent. While cost and staffing levels are key elements, they are not the only driving factors. Expertise, innovation and speed are also of great importance.But while organizations depend more on external talent, not all organizations are evolving in the same way.Through our survey research and interviews with hundreds of external experts and internal organizational leaders, we’ve found four key factors at the heart of building productive and mutually satisfying agile talent relationships: —  Strategic alignment.  Is the organization disciplined and rigorous in identifying areas where agile talent is required or potentially beneficial? Are external experts used well? Are they doing work that matters and is important to the organization; moreover, do they feel the work is meaningful? Is the organization effective at defining the role, relationship and scope of initiatives addressed by agile talent so that both goals and roles are clear? Does the work have the right level of sponsorship? Are timing, budget and resourcing consistent with what is required for a successful outcome? And when scope changes occur, is the work plan and budget revised appropriately so that external talent doesn’t feel taken advantage of or exploited?–  Performance alignment. How well does the organization convert a plan or initiative into well-defined objectives and timelines? Are performance expectations clearly defined, established and communicated so that the accountabilities are clear to both agile talent and the internal colleagues they depend on? How often is performance assessed and feedback provided? Is the feedback balanced or focused primarily on problems and mistakes? Does the organization take responsibility for its part, or does it tend to blame external talent? What metrics are used, and are they reasonable? When performance problems arise, how promptly and effectively does the organization take the required action?–  Relationship alignment. Does the organization consider cultural fit as well as technical expertise in the choice of external talent? Are external experts thrown into the task or given a solid orientation to the organization and the people with whom they will work? How promptly and effectively are conflicts resolved? Is external talent engaged and involved, kept informed appropriately, and treated with the consideration and respect that any professional would expect? Or, as the expression goes, is such talent treated like mushrooms and kept in the dark?–Administrative alignment. Is the organization set up to work well with agile talent, or is such talent treated with suspicion, as a necessary evil? Does the organization respond bureaucratically in dealing with external experts’ concerns—for example, is the contractual process benign or difficult and excessively time-consuming? Are pertinent rules and policies communicated appropriately and early? Are external experts paid promptly? Is the orientation of the organization one that views external talent as interlopers or as welcome colleagues?Alignment is key. When top external experts choose from among the opportunities available to them, they want to make a difference (strategic alignment), to make a significant and measurable contribution for which they are recognized and appreciated (performance alignment), to be treated as a valued colleague (relationship alignment), and to work with an organization that is easy to work with (administrative alignment). Not surprisingly, agile talent wants to be treated as important talent, as a contributor rather than an interloper. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for?last_img read more

Buffon: ‘Still feel important’

first_imgGianluigi Buffon has assured that he still feels “important” for Juventus, despite his lack of game time this season. Buffon was again back-up to Wojciech Szczesny on Saturday, when Juve’s seven-game winning streak came to an end during a 1-1 draw at Lecce. The Bianconeri are still top of Serie A, however, as Inter followed up with a 2-2 draw against Parma at San Siro the same day. “You might draw from time to time, but I think it’s also fine like this,” the veteran goalkeeper told Tiki Taka. “The controversy arrives as soon as the best teams don’t win, but there’s also the other team and there are three different outcomes in football.” The 41-year-old spent last season at Paris Saint-Germain, but he stands by his decision to return to Turin. “I went to Paris because I couldn’t turn down the kind of sporting and economical offer they gave me at PSG. “When you are 40 years old and a club this big comes in for you, it’s also flattering. I wanted to gain a new experience and step out of my comfort zone. “One night when I was on my own I decided to return to Juve, asking myself: ‘At 41 years old, what am I doing here alone in Paris when my family is in Italy?’ “I forced PSG’s hand and when Juve made me their offer, that seemed the right choice so I accepted it immediately. Reports have suggested that Buffon returned to finish his coaching badges and prepare himself for life after playing, but he denied he was looking further than the ongoing trophy hunt. “Right now I’m in a psychological and physical condition where I still feel like an important player. “I haven’t yet examined my own future and I also have the serenity to psychoanalyse and evaluate my own performances. “When I realise I can’t play like I want, I will sit down with the club and tell them it’s over.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

IPL gladiators have ignited franchise passion in India

first_imgThe coliseums are packed to the rafters. It doesn’t add up. Cricket fatigue and Team India’s indifferent form notwithstanding, spectators are queuing up to be part of India’s great cricket tamasha. Cannot fathom why though? Indian cricket’s performance levels have been pathetic lately, they have appeared a disjointed rag tag bobtail outfit at best on foreign tours. As the late Tiger Pataudi once told me – tigers at home and chickens abroad. That hasn’t deterred spectators from turning up in droves. Stadia are full and tickets flying off the shelves. The April heat be damned. What is working then?Naa, I guess the quality of cricket is phantasmagoric. On Sunday, I went to the Kotla in the capital to watch the local outfit Daredevils play Rajasthan Royals. It was electric. What had the crowds come to see? Power hitting and obviously their local team doing well. Viru (Virender Sehwag) and Morne Morkel obliged, choking the Royals, practically getting out jail, winning by one run. Is the age of the franchise finally upon us? For spectators are not turning up for Delhi alone. From Jaipur to Kolkata, from the Wankhede in Mumbai to Mohali in Punjab to the new stadium in Pune, all the stadia are chock-a-block. Has sub-tribal loyalty become the the new mantra?Cricket became a glue, something that bound the diaspora across the globe. Harassed Indians suddenly found the cricket team as the instrumentality to wear their jingoism on the sleeve and even shout out their anger and vent their spleen in an alien land. Cricket gave these Indians in far off lands a voice. They too could wave the tricolour and after being vanquished for years and in many parts being subjected to barbs like ‘coolies’. This was quite a turnaround. Cricket was the new vehicle for the youth in Australia, in the UK, in the West Indies to sally forth as a spanking new force – calling themselves Swamy Army – they were well served by an energetic Indian side under Saurav Ganguly and a brand bigger than anything in world cricket – Sachin Tendulkar. As India began to do well at different international pit stops, the upsurge in cricket nationalism began to peak.advertisementBut I am deviating from the new phenomenon of sub-tribal loyalty, something that I never thought will take root in India. In a way cricket jingoism and sub-tribal loyalties are intertwined at a subliminal level. One thing feeds off another. Having lived in Calcutta in the early 1980s, I saw this kind of passion when say East Bengal played Mohun Bagan in the local Derby.The same frenzied franchise passion that is generated in the west – say with a Manchester United or Chelsea or Man City in the English Premier League or a New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls or the L A Lakers in the NBA or the New York Rangers in NHL seems to have arrived.Franchise frenzy has probably been visible for the first time in the IPL. Sub-tribal loyalty has taken root, the sheer chutzpah of the game, its stars and personalities seem to be driving this amazing passion. Taking everyone by surprise. To the utter befuddlement and bewilderment of die-hard pundits, IPL has rocked as a spectator sport in season 5. But it has lost its sheen as televised property. Viru, KP or Kevin Pietersen, Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid and old man River himself Dada – Saurav Ganguly – despite having a bad hair tourney have ensured that franchises are tracked and supported to the hilt.People drive the game, power hitting equally domineering, but when Morkel or Umesh Yadav suffocate the batter, it makes for an equally great contest. Gladiators are striding on to the cricket fields, the game has been taken to a new level, some of the fielding and bowling has been exemplary. A new brand of Maximus Decimus (Russell Crowe’s name in Gladiator) is upon us, one that doesn’t ask for a quarter nor gives one. And his followers are lapping it up. That is why it is said – we love this game!last_img read more


first_imgRachel Grant Well for my last official written piece for TFA, I thought I would do ‘My top 10 moments or things’ during my time with TFA.1)      The staff at TFA…may well sound corny but I doubt you will ever come across a group of people more dedicated to their work. There have certainly been some difficult times for the sport, and currently still are, but these people give 100% in everything they do and really want to see the sport succeed. They take a lot of flak everyday and continue to put the sport first. I have a lot of respect for these people as both my work colleagues and my friends and will miss them dearly.2)      The volunteers Australia-wide…There are so many volunteers in our sport that do so much work for so little reward or even thanks, which makes them incredibly special people! Cathy Gray, Ian Matthew, Lou Tompkins, Dennis Coffey, the Australian Coaches and staff, technical panel members and more. There are so many others that work incredibly hard at a local level doing so much for the sport, like Matt Wood from Woolgoolga Touch, who comes along to all TFA events at Coffs Harbour and gives up his days to help with the event. I want to thank everyone who I have worked with for the way you give yourself so selflessly to the sport. I cannot finish number 2 without mentioning Lisa Plummer, my media off-sider who has provided so much friendship, help and assistance with national events and the monthly newsletter and also the boys ‘From the Fishbowl’, Adam and Kane. They have amused us at recent National 18’s and NTL’s with their wit and humour, while expertly providing commentary and keeping the whole day in control. I will definitely miss their voices over the loudspeaker.3)      The 2005 Youth World Cup is easily the biggest event of my career to date, organising national and international media for the 6 Aussie junior teams and the event itself.The Youth World Cup had many ‘moments’, with some of the standouts including: ·         The South Africans singing in the Opening Ceremony·         The Mixed 18’s performing out of their skin to claim their title ·         The Thailand team being convincingly thrashed in every match but still showing the utmost respect to their team mates, officials, opposition and crowd·         The dramatic Mens 20’s final and the exceptional performance of the Aussies 4)      The Northern Eagles Mens 20’s winning the 2006 NTL was one of the most emotional sporting events I have ever been privileged enough to see. The boys, their support staff and their families all handled themselves so incredibly well after the traumatic events leading up to the NTL. 5)      The 2005 National Under 18’s saw for the first time, the celebrity match…and who could go past guest referee Tony Eltakchi in his finest form, the Jamaican Dr Bruce Watts, Kane Weeks letting no player stand in his way, Joe Williams letting his stepping do the talking, Peter Topp being sin binned and Eltakchi’s final penalty “penalty for being too good!” They had us all in stitches.   6)      Sixty Seconds in Touch has become my weekly ritual, a chance to sum up the happenings of the week and the upcoming events. A chance for people to advertise, announce and highlight important things. My awesome husband took it upon himself to design me a logo and the weekly edition has now become the most-read article on the TFA website with around 1000 people logging on each Monday to read it. I hope it will continue on!7)      Another memory comes courtesy of two of our young Touch stars who has gone on to play in the NRL, Benji Marshall and Joe Williams…Many will remember the AusTouch launch and National 18’s Opening Ceremony where Joe Williams fell off the stage but composed himself beautifully…how his chair managed to make it’s way to the edge of the stage is only a question Benji can answer. My thanks go to Joe and to Benji who always made themselves available for interviews, promoting the sport, talking and encouraging the up and coming junior players.8)      The TFA Media & Marketing Kit is something I’ve been working on for a few months and have madly been completing this last week. I created the final Master DVD on Friday and will leave TFA staff to produce a copy of the Kit for every affiliate. It contains marketing essentials such as posters, a television advert, a 3 minute promotional clip and plenty of helpful documents such as ‘How to write a Media Release’, ‘How to maintain your website’ and much more. It will be distributed Australia-wide to every affiliate over the coming weeks!9)      TFA staff put in an incredible amount of time and effort to produce the 2006 NTL Opens finals for the Fox Sports production. It would be remiss of me not to include it here as it was fantastic to see the sport back on the national airwaves and the show put on by the players in all 3 finals was fantastic.10)  The Touch-e-Talk newsletter has been running monthly for over 1 year now and I hope it will continue to get bigger and better…eventually to the stage where it can be printed and produced professionally…keep reading and keep supporting ideas such as this so TFA can get them off the ground.last_img read more