Stuart Broad suffers heel injury ahead of South Africa Test series

first_imgEngland paceman Stuart Broad suffered an injury scare ahead of the four-Test series against South Africa when he left the field with a heel problem after bowling just one over for his county Nottinghamshire against Leicestershire on Wednesday.The Telegraph reported the 30-year-old had a scan which did not detect any major problem but he is expected to miss next week’s county championship match ahead of the first Test against South Africa at Lord’s from July 6.”Stuart had a bit of pain in his heel, he’s had it for a while,” Nottinghamshire coach Peter Moores said after his team’s massive win by an innings and 280 runs.”If the situation had been different, he could have pushed on through it but there was no need to, so he came off and we’ll monitor it and look after him.”Paceman Chris Woakes is unlikely to be fit for the opening Test against the Proteas after pulling out of the Champions Trophy with a side strain, while all-rounder Ben Stokes played the 50-over tournament with a lingering knee issue.James Anderson, England’s most successful bowler, has just returned to competitive cricket after suffering a tear to his right groin while bowling for Lancashire last month.last_img read more

Cincinnati Open: Garbine Muguruza thumps Simona Halep to win second title in two months

first_imgSpanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza fine-tuned her preparations for this month’s US Open by crushing Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in the Cincinnati Open final on Sunday.Muguruza’s tennis was as hot as the summer sun in the early afternoon match on the outdoor hardcourt, as she wrapped up victory in less than an hour.The Wimbledon champion kept her opponent pinned to the baseline and improved her career record to 3-1 against the Romanian second seed.With the loss, Halep once again fell one win short of rising to the top of the world rankings.The Romanian, looking to supplant Karolina Pliskova from the top spot, entered the final without dropping a set all week but on Sunday her game fell apart.Halep’s second serve proved to be a liability, winning only 11 percent.Spaniard Muguruza, who had failed to capture a title for more than a year following her triumph at last year’s French Open, was now celebrating winning two trophies in as many months as she backed up her Wimbledon victory with her glorious run in Cincinnati.Photo Credit: AP She credited Sunday’s win on saving three match points in her third-round encounter against American Madison Keys.”The match with Keys gave me a lot of confidence,” Muguruza told ESPN.”I like the big matches. I believe I play well there. I’m happy to be there, happy to be in that situation.”When I was a little girl I was dreaming to be there. That’s where I want to play.”advertisementBut Muguruza declined to build up her chances for the US Open.”The US Open is a very long tournament,” said the tall 23-year-old. “It’s completely different. I’m just trying to play well.”Halep, who also squandered a chance to climb to the top of the world rankings when she was beaten in the French Open final in June, acknowledged she had performed poorly.”I played so bad today and Garbine played so well,” Halep, told the crowd. “I will come back next year and try to do better.”last_img read more

Talking Touch

first_imgPlease click on the following links to read about what has been happening around Australia.Two From College SelectedRed Bend College representatives Toby Evans and Jake Dooley were selected to play in the NSW State Combined Catholic College’s (CCC) Touch Football team recently. The boys played their way into the state team with fantastic performances over the last six months. Action Aplenty At Touch Gala DayThe annual Eurobodalla Reconciliation Touch Football Gala Day was staged at Hanging Rock Sports Complex on Saturday and proved to be a huge success both on and off the field. The event attracted over 300 players and spectators to Batemans Bay with 16 teams competing in two divisions. Touch Of NT Magic In PerthThe Ramingining community in northeast Arnhem Land is sending a crack representative team to this month’s WA State Touch Championships. The 12-strong squad has been preparing for the November 19-21 titles since June and are well placed to make an impression on the field. Yowies Too Much Class In Avery Touch TournamentA team made up of players from Taree, Sydney and Newcastle took out the inaugural Anthony Avery Memorial Touch Tournament in Taree. Known as Yowies, the side defeated Kempsey nine touchdowns to four in the final. Wylie Win Against QueenslandThe New South Wales under 15’s Touch Football team scored a thrilling 7-6 win over Queensland at the National Championships in Deakin on Friday. And Benjamin Wylie, a year nine Yass High School student, was in the thick of the celebrations. Teens Ready For Top BillingLook out – we’re coming for you.That’s the warning from up and coming Touch Football stars James Baartz and Jayden Benbow. Clare Student Plays Touch For SAClare High student Nick Edwards has just returned from Canberra, playing in the U15 Touch Football SASSSA team. He was selected from Year 8/9 knockout Touch. From there he had to attend trainings in Adelaide every Saturday for 15 weeks, and also beach trainings through the holidays. Wagga Police Officers Look To Win Prestigious Golden BootWagga police officers are desperate to bring the prestigious Golden Boot back to the city today after the station lost the privilege to display the revered touch trophy last year. An experienced team will represent the Wagga station at the Police Golden Boot Touch Football tournament in Narrandera today. Sarah’s Deft Touch Has Taken Her To The Top Of Her GameSarah Peattie has plenty of options when a footy is in her hands.If she isn’t darting through gaps with Manly-Warringah’s Premier League women’s squad, she is creating overlaps for the Australian under-18 female team. All Positive For Trainee RefereesA program that aims to encourage youngsters to pick up a whistle in a safe and positive environment is working wonders for touch football in Nelson Bay. World-class referee Sam Clark is in the midst of running the Play By the Rules program in which budding referees between the ages of 12 to 15 learn to officiate games without being subjected to abuse from players, parents, coaches or spectators. Jake’s A Real ChampTalented footballer Jake Parker, 12, Muswellbrook, has had a full-on year of sport representing the state in league, touch and athletics and his parents couldn’t be more proud. “He’s a little champion,” his mother Megan said. Terrific Touch TitlesKids flooded the Queens Park playing fields in North Ward recently to compete in the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones Junior Touch Football Championships. About 1640 players in 128 teams crammed the fields to battle sides from Cairns, South Mackay and Charters Towers. Touchdown For Dray In Golden Win Gympie’s Pam Dray still has the golden touch following an outstanding performance at the Pan Pacific Games at the Gold Coast last weekend.Playing in an over 45 women’s Touch team, Dray claimed a gold medal after her side defeated Sydney 3-1 in the final. Duo In Touch With Footy In two days they will both be heading to New Zealand – but while Hervey Bay’s Sophie O’Toole and Lauren Scholl will be doing some sightseeing it won’t all be a holiday for the Xavier Catholic College students.Both girls were selected to compete for their state in Touch Football after impressing selectors at the Sunshine Coast touch football carnival held in Maryborough in August. Kids Show A Touch Of ClassRedland junior Touch Footy players Joanne Miller, Bridget Farley and Adam Russell represented Queensland and helped their teams to wins in the 2010 National Touch Football Championships held recently in Canberra. Ramingining Warriors Battle Their Way To DarwinNothing is stopping the Ramingining rugby touch team from reaching their goal of playing in the WA championships.It really is like the plot of a great movie. Think Cool Runnings done Arnhem Land style… Great Start To Touch The Harden Touch competition has got off to a great start with some teams showing they are strong contenders, whilst some teams are having a ball just by getting out there and having a go. If the amount of talented children playing in this competition is any indication, Harden Touch Football appears to have a great future. Girls Grab Second Touch TitleBanksia Beach State School has again won the Queensland All Schools Girls’ Touch Football Championships.In securing the trophy for 2010, Banksia Beach became the only school to have won the competition twice since its beginning. Beer To Take On KiwisKirsty Beer has been revealed as a frontline weapon for the Australian Touch Under-20 team as preparations begin for the Youth World Cup Trans Tasman Series. Bethany’s Touch Of Class SalutedTyndale College student Bethany Fairfield had even more reason to celebrate the end of her Year 12 exams last week.On Tuesday, the first day of her summer break, the 17-year-old discovered she had just won the 2010 Pierre de Coubertin Award. Natalie Shows She Is In Great Touch Maybe it was her speed, her athleticism or the way she attacked the line. Perhaps it was a combination of all three. But Victorian selectors noticed something about the way Natalie Frizzell played touch football in her first season in the sport five years ago, and she has been a state squad member ever since. Working Through School RivalriesInter-school rivalry hit the paddock last week as St Mary’s Central School and Wellington High School junior secondary girls played a game of touch football to build their sports skills and school relations. Winning bragging rights by one point, the high school scored seven tries to St Mary’s six, but both school coaches were proud of how the years 8 and 9 girls played and their gutsy efforts. If you have seen a Touch Football story in your area that you would like to see on the website, please email it to [email protected]last_img read more

Calling All Referees!

first_imgWe are calling for referees to attend and officiate at the annual KidsXpress Touch of Colour charity corporate Touch Football event, held in conjunction with the National Rugby League (NRL) and the KidsXpress for Life Foundation. KidsXpress for life Foundation looks at helping young children who have been traumatised, abused and neglected. KidsXpress utilises “expression therapy” to help kids share their thoughts, ideas and imagination through song, dance, art and drama….and sport. This event raises significant funds and awareness in support of this great cause and initiative and is a great day out for all stakeholders. Come and take part in this opportunity which will feature former NRL stars playing in various corporate teams; providing an amazing opportunity to engage with former stars, new friends and officiate on Allianz Stadium; all the while and contributing to raising valuable funds for the KidsXpress for Life Foundation. Where: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park When: Friday, 18 November 2016 Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm Format: 20 teams, four pools of five teams, Round Robin games. Four fields, 10 minute games, 30 second half time (change direction), one and a half minutes break between games. Top two from each pool progress to Quarter Finals. Former NRL stars in attendance: Roy Asotasi Danny Buderus Shane Elford Jamie Feeney Joe Galuvao Dene Halatau Nathan Hindmarsh Peter Jorgensen Jason King Anthony Minichiello Adam Peek Josh Perry Frank Puletua Tony Puletua Anthony QuinnLuke RicketsonAndrew Ryan Willie Talau Nigel Vagana Trent Waterhouse Rhys Wesser Paul Whatuira To confirm your availability or for further information please contact Zoe Zinetti [email protected] or 02 6212 2809 by Monday, 14 November 2016.Related LinksCalling all referees!last_img read more