Altidore mocks Trump s**thole comments

first_imgUnited States ‘Three s**thole dudes living the dream’ – Altidore responds to Trump comments Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 06:28 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Jozy Altidore Toronto FC Noah K. Murray United States Toronto MLS The U.S. international responded to Donald Trump’s controversial comments with a tweet showing himself, P.K. Subban and Usain Bolt Jozy Altidore has fired back at United States President Donald Trump over reported comments demeaning the countries and people of Africa, Haiti and El Salvador.Trump, during negotiations over immigration, was reported to have responded to a proposal to restore protections for people from those areas with a question of why the U.S. was allowing “all these people from s**thole countries” to immigrate.The comments have caused massive global outrage and charges of racism, as Trump followed up by asking why the U.S. doesn’t allow more people from places like Norway instead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Altidore, who was born in New Jersey but is the son of Haitian immigrants, took to Twitter to post a direct response to the president, along with two other prominent black athletes.The Toronto FC striker posted a photo of himself, Nashville Predators star defenseman P.K. Subban and multi-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt with the caption: “Three s**thole dudes just living the dream, @realdonaldtrump.” Three #shithole dudes just living the dream, @realdonaldtrump. cc: @PKSubban1 @usainbolt pic.twitter.com/PPFZeyjNZ7— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) January 13, 2018Subban is Canadian and Bolt is Jamaican, but both are of African descent.Altidore has personally tried to assist Haiti in the past, helping in relief efforts following a massive 2010 earthquake, raising money for projects to bring more clean water to the country and donating to get every Haiti game in the 2016 Copa America broadcast on local television.While he directly called out Trump in his statement, Altidore is not the only athlete who appeared to take umbrage with the president in the last 24 hours. In his statement announcing his comeback with Liga MX club Leon, former U.S. international Landon Donovan tweeted: “I don’t believe in walls. I want to go to Mexico, wear green & win trophies with Leon. We’ll see each other very soon!”Donovan’s message is likely a reference to Trump’s long-running campaign promise to build a border wall to keep Mexican immigrants out of the U.S.last_img read more

Guardiola explains continued ribbon protest

first_imgManchester City ‘Before a manager I’m a human being’ – Guardiola explains continued ribbon protest Sacha Pisani 06:52 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Guardiola - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Premier League The Catalan boss was in a defiant mood after wearing a yellow ribbon during City’s Carabao Cup triumph, despite being charged by the FA Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he will continue to wear a yellow ribbon in solidarity with political prisoners in Catalonia after doing so defiantly in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.Guardiola was charged by the Football Association (FA) on Thursday for wearing the ribbon after Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart were placed in custody as part of the crackdown that followed last October’s referendum on Catalan independence – a poll the national government in Madrid deemed to be illegal.The FA deemed it a political message but former Barcelona boss Guardiola was in a defiant mood following City’s 3-0 victory over Arsenal – his first piece of silverware since moving to England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I accept if I broke the rules. I accept the fine,” Guardiola, who has until March 5 to appeal the charge, told reporters.”I am a human being and there are four guys in prison plus another guy who is outside Catalonia – if he comes back, he will go to jail.”They’re being accused of rebelling – to be that you have to have weapons and they don’t have weapons, they have just the votes in the ballots.”That’s why I said he’s always with me until the last.Thank you!¡Gracias!Gràcies!@PepTeam pic.twitter.com/hS4NK5HNSi— PepTeam (@PepTeam) February 25, 2018″It’s not about politicians, it’s about democracy. Before I’m a manager I’m a human being.”I think England knows very well what it means. You did Brexit, you let the people have an opinion.”You allowed Scotland to have a referendum if they’re going to stay or not and after the people vote – that’s what they’re asking [in Catalonia] and they are in jail right now.”last_img read more

Report: Arsenal 3 Stoke City 0

first_imgArsenal 3 Stoke City 0: Aubameyang to the rescue as Gunners leave it late Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 4/1/18 lacazette-auba-cropped Getty Images Although it looked set to be a frustrating day, Arsenal scored three in the final 15 minutes to run out comfortable winners over Stoke City. A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace and an Alexandre Lacazette penalty all in the final 15 minutes saw Arsenal ultimately cruise to a 3-0 home win over struggling Stoke City on Sunday.Arsene Wenger’s men were frustrated by their relegation-threatened visitors for much of the contest, but were gifted two penalties in the closing stages to help them over the line, in a result that eases some of the heat on their manager.Chances were few and far between in a turgid first half at the Emirates Stadium, as Xherdan Shaqiri went close early on, before Aaron Ramsey clipped the top of the crossbar in the only two clear-cut opportunities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lacazette, appearing for the first time since mid-February due to injury, was introduced from the bench soon after the hour and made himself a nuisance, but Aubameyang was the one to get things moving as the hosts improved in a productive second-half showing.The Gabon international coolly swept home a penalty 15 minutes from the end after Mesut Ozil was fouled by Bruno Martins Indi, before doubling his tally soon after with a well-taken volley, making it five goals in his first six Premier League games.Lacazette then wrapped things up a minute from time with the Gunners’ second spot-kick, scoring for the first time in the Premier League since early December and ensuring Stoke remain three points adrift of safety.for @LacazetteAlexfor @Aubameyang7@premierleague pointsHappy days pic.twitter.com/yA4Y339XW1— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 1, 2018Arsenal were given an early warning of the threat Stoke can possess when Shaqiri is involved, as the Switzerland international saw a fine 20-yard curling effort go just wide of the top-left corner.The home side did not look remotely dangerous until the 22nd minute, when Ramsey pounced on a loose bouncing ball in the area and saw his effort hit the top of the crossbar, though Jack Butland in the Stoke goal appeared to have it covered.Arsenal increased the tempo upon the restart and a clear chance was eventually crafted by the hosts just before the hour – Mohamed Elneny meeting Hector Bellerin’s cut-back 12 yards out and seeing his effort crucially blocked, Nacho Monreal then forcing a decent stop from Butland with the rebound.The ineffective Danny Welbeck was withdrawn soon after for Lacazette, returning after six weeks out with a knee problem, but Stoke were the next to go close – Shaqiri’s in-swinging corner causing havoc and coming back off the far post.And Arsenal capitalised on that let-off in the 75th minute, as Ozil wriggled his way into the area through a crowd of Stoke players and appeared to be tripped by Martins Indi, allowing Aubameyang to convert from 12 yards.Aubameyang then put the game beyond Stoke 11 minutes later, producing a lovely volley from just inside the area to find the bottom-right corner.LACA. IS. BACK. GET IN @LACAZETTEALEX!#AFCvSCFC 3-0 :white_circle: (89) pic.twitter.com/4b48lXmVdX— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 1, 2018The ex-Borussia Dortmund star then passed up the chance to complete a hat-trick, allowing Lacazette to take the second penalty after the Frenchman had been shoved over by Badou Ndiaye, the striker taking his top-flight tally to 10 as the Gunners celebrated a fourth straight win in all competitions. Key Opta Stats:- Arsenal have won their last 16 home matches against Stoke in all competitions, a run stretching back to August 1981.- Arsenal made seven changes to their starting XI, more than in any Premier League game since January 1, 2011 (8 v Birmingham).- The Potters are without a win in 11 away Premier League games (D4 L7), with no side ewnjoying fewer top-flight away victories this season (1, level with West Brom).- Arsenal have scored at least three goals and kept a clean sheet in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2015.- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted five goals in his first six Premier League games for Arsenal, more than any other player for the Gunners in the competition.- The Gunners have scored two penalties in a Premier League game for the first time since December 2012 (v West Brom). read morelast_img read more

Liverpool behind Karius – Klopp

first_imgLoris Karius Liverpool behind Karius after Champions League horror show – Klopp Sacha Pisani 08:45 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) LorisKarius-cropped Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Reds manager said goalkeeper will have to deal with his poor performance which cost the club in Kiev, but that he feels for him Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool will rally around distraught goalkeeper Loris Karius after his horror show in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.It was a night to forget for Karius in Kiev, where his two errors helped Madrid to a 3-1 victory and their third successive Champions League title on Saturday.Karius was tearful post-match as he apologised to the travelling Liverpool fans after he bizarrely threw the ball in off Madrid striker Karim Benzema for the opening goal in the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The German was also at fault having allowed Gareth Bale’s second goal – a long-range effort – to escape his grasp, after the Welshman had sensationally restored Madrid’s lead following Sadio Mane’s equaliser.Asked about Karius in the aftermath of his second Champions League final loss, manager Klopp told reporters: “I have only very, very few words after the game but it’s nothing to talk about.”I really feel for him, nobody wants that, [but] that’s the situation. The mistakes were obvious, we don’t have to talk about that, it’s all clear; he knows it, I know it, you all know it.”Now, he has to deal with it, we have to deal with it, we will do that – of course we will be with him, there’s no doubt about that. It was not his night, obviously.”Meanwhile, Germany legend Oliver Kahn, a Champions League winner with Bayern in 2001, admitted Karius’ performance in the final is the stuff that could ruin a career.”I’m lost for words,” Kahn said, speaking on ZDF. “I can’t remember having experienced something more brutal from a goalkeeping point of view than in this final.”An evening like this can destroy a career.”Liverpool’s goalkeeping situation has been problematic throughout the season, after Klopp rotated between Karius and Simon Mignolet.The Reds have been linked with Roma star Alisson, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon as a result, even before the struggle in the final.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

AROUND THE WORLD: TOUCH GROWTH IN AFGHANISTAN

first_imgIn recent weeks I’ve been writing stories on Touch around the world and how it’s developing. Recently I’ve written a story on Touch in Germany and also in Spain. Now I’m writing on Afghanistan. I think it’s good thing for us Aussie Touchies to know about the sport in other nations, rather than just our own. I’m hoping that it will give us more of an understanding about how lucky we are to have the resources, finances, skills and knowledge that we have in Australia. I’m also hoping that it will help build relationships between us and these developing Touch nations so that we can use our resources and knowledge in the sport and its management to help these nations develop further. Afghanistan is a country that has been in the news in recent years for political reasons, but as I have discovered, they are starting to build a Touch tradition. Chris Mastaglio has been at the forefront of Touch in Afghanistan during his two years living there and describes the Afghani’s as both competitive and hospitable, which he believes is the perfect mix for Touch and signals their huge potential in the sport. From Chris’s description, his players are certainly not short on courage…at their final training session before a game against local ex-patriots; one of the more established players had a collision that badly broke his nose. The first thing he said when he regained his composure was “Chris, I am going to be quite upset if I miss the game tomorrow.” At 1pm the next day, with black eyes and an extremely swollen nose, he was on the ground, warming up and ready to play. Where there is enthusiasm, there is potential. During the last year Chris has been working for the Ministry of Education, running a project to develop physical education. This means that he has built up a network of people involved in sports and physical education, which has given him a clear indication there was a desire to learn about new sports and games. He began by offering a `taster’ day last October, providing people with the opportunity to see if they were interested in the sport of Touch. Because of that one day and the interest and enthusiasm shown there, Touch has kicked off in Herat, in north west Afghanistan, where they have two teams playing. One team trains early in the morning and has around 13 players, while the other trains in the evening and has 17 players. The morning team was set up because of the interest in playing amongst those who are unable to leave their shops or jobs during the day and evening. Chris and his team have also been trying to start a Touch team in Kabul, which is the capital of Afghanistan and is in the north east of the country. However, constant snow for the past two months and a lack of Touch contacts in the city has made that virtually impossible. A fact Afghan life that limits the growth of Touch, is that while there is a great desire to play the sport, there is also the necessity of work. To put it simply, people cannot afford time away from work, two hours away to train means two hours away from their livelihood and making money to support their families. But despite this, they are certainly committed, training three times a week, each for around 90 minutes and sometime supplemented with a game on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately they are hampered by having no one with the knowledge and resources to be heavily involved as a coach, referee or manager. For example, Chris believes that in the military in Kabul there is one qualified referee, but with the gender issue (she is a woman) and also her military background in Afghanistan, it may be difficult to involve her at all. In terms of equipment, Afghanistan is also limited. They were given some equipment such as balls, by the Newcastle Falcons RFC, Gosforth RFC, the RFU and Grange Interiors from the North East of England, but had major problems getting them delivered. The equipment was eventually lost, stolen or given away, so they are starting the process again of trying to find people willing to support them with uniforms and equipment. One main problem facing Touch in Afghanistan is that even in the relatively well-off cities of Kabul and Herat, there is a real lack of appropriate playing space. Amongst the Afghan people they may be generally interested in learning about new games and sports but because there is very little knowledge of Touch, the focus remains on volleyball and soccer. Chris firmly believes that people should be provided with the opportunity to access information and experience different sports; so that they can then make a decision about what they want to participate in. It is this lack of opportunity and focus on volleyball and soccer that holds back the expansion of Touch. Another issue confronting Chris and his group is that people who have heard of the game (or when the see the shape of the ball) assume that it is a dangerous sport (especially as grass is hard to come by in Afghanistan). The support of the ex-patriot community for Touch in Afghanistan has been vital to their kick off. Chris organised a team of ex-patriots to play the evening team in Herat late in 2004. It is even clearer how great the support is when you realise there is only a small ex-patriot community in Herat, some of whom had never played before. And just for the sake of information, Chris is keen to share that the Afghan team won that game! While there are no Juniors involved with the sport to date, Chris is well aware of the potential the Afghan kids have within the sport. Unfortunately he is limited by a lack of people able to help with the organisation of the sport and cannot expand the sport any further on his own. He is also finding that their development is limited by being unable to play against other teams. He is planning to take the two teams from Heart to play against teams from Kabul and also ex-patriot teams later in the year. They have already been offered the national stadium in Kabul to host the tournament, which is a strong start! The ultimate aim of this is that a representative team would be picked to play in a tri-nations tournament with India and Pakistan. Once again however, Touch in Afghanistan is hampered by the lack of time to organise the tournaments and also the lack of funds to finance the endeavor. While it may seem there is a lot holding the development of Touch in Afghanistan back, I want to go back to something Chris said to me…Where there is enthusiasm, there is potential. Afghanistan seems to have grabbed hold of that. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au Anyone interested in contacting those playing Touch in Afghanistan should contact Chris Mastaglio cmastaglio@runbox.com For another story on Touch in Afghanistan use the link below: http://www.touchrugby.com/?sec=hom⊂=&LinkCode=&NewsID=202last_img

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the mid July edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch… * NSWTA is conducting a level One Coaching Course on Sunday 7th August, 2005. For further details please view the NSWTA website www.nswtouch.com.au * NSW Combined High Schools have selected their side for the upcoming National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour, they’ll be amongst the favourites for the title, so make sure you keep an eye on the ATA website as the event gets closer. As usual we’ll be heading up to Coffs to provide you an up to the minute description of all the action. * In other NSW news, the Vawdon Cup has kicked off in a big way, bringing NSW Touch players from far and wide, the media coverage has also started strong, with articles in all levels of news, local/regional and state/national, including a great article on Cliff Lyons in last weekends Sun Herald. Touch is continuing to make a mark on the Sports Media scene, so lets keep putting in the effort to get the news out to our local and regional media outlets. * Happy Birthday to ATA Technical Assistant Chris Tarlinton for TODAY! Have a great day mate. * The Victorian Touch Association is looking for a suitably qualified Mixed Open coach to lead the side in the Border Challenge against Touch SA, the Canberra Cup and the NSW Country Championships. Applications close Friday July 29, check out www.victouch.com.au for more details. * TouchWest and the Barbarians are still taking nominations for coaches and managers for the 2006 National Touch League, make sure you check out www.touchwest.com and have a look through their NTL page and info for all of the details. If you’re keen for a flashback there’s a great picture of their 1995 WA Womens Open side on their website as well. * Rachel Moyle’s latest article is up on the Sports News website. It tackles the issue of anti doping in sport and how it relates to Touch Footy. For all the links to the article please click here: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=1336&sID=46 * Victoria and SA compete in the Border Challenge each year, at Mt Gambier, (near the border of the two states.) Last weekend the Mens and Womens 18 Years sides took part in the Junior Border Challenge, with Touch SA grabbing both titles. Their Womens 18’s took the series 3-0, while the Mens 18’s grabbed the series 2-1 with a 5-4 win in the final game. Great to see in two of the up and coming Touch Footy states, their juniors are rapidly improving and promising much for the future. Watch out for the full story and scores on the ATA website later this week. * The constitution for Touch Football Australia Incorporated is up on the website, just check out our homepage for all the info. * Remember, anyone who needs some help gaining media coverage can contact Rachel at media@austouch.com.au she can help with writing stories and media releases for you local newspapers and other media outlets. * The next edition of Touch-e-Talk (ATA’s online newsletter) is being released at the start of August. We’ve just started work on it and would like to encourage everyone to keep sending in nominations for the `Volunteer of the Month’. Simply email ata_newsletter@hotmail.com or media@austouch.com.au with a few short lines on what this person does for your local association and a contact email or phone number so we can talk to them if we need more info. This is a great chance to recognise someone from your local area for all of the work they do! * If you have any news for Sixty Seconds in Touch next week send it to Rachel at media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Moylelast_img

2011 Queensland Junior State Championships

first_imgThe event will see teams from Queensland’s six regions – South Queensland and Border Districts, Brisbane, South West Queensland, North Queensland, Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland – compete at the championships. After a successful introduction in 2010, the under 12’s Boys and Girls divisions will again be contested at the championships, along with the under 14’s and under 16’s Boys and Girls divisions. The event will commence at 9.00am on Saturday, with the last round of games at 6.10pm. Games will recommence at 7.30am on Sunday, with the Under 12’s and Under 14’s Boys and Girls finals to be played at 1.00pm, while the Under 16’s Boys and Girls finals will be played at 2.00pm. The event will be used to select Queensland’s under 14’s and 16’s Boys and Girls sides that will compete against New Zealand in December this year. Under 12’s Queensland Merit sides will also be selected. For more information, or to keep up-to-date throughout the 2011 Queensland Junior State Championships, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-7413-0-0-0&sID=147311last_img read more