The ‘mark’ will be one of three experimental rules to be trialled in the Leinster minor football league, which gets underway next month.A maximum of three consecutive hand-passes will be permitted while there will be no back-passing to goalkeepers allowed. The competition is used by minor managers in the province to finalise their squads and to prepare for the championship. The rules are being trialled to encourage high-fielding and to curb hand-passing which Tommy Toomey says is a good thing.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — The Fourth of July, a time for fireworks, cookouts, and cardboard boats.This year’s Maritime Festival will feature the 2018 Cardboard Boat Regatta as one of the marquee events at the Thunder Bay River. Michiganders throughout the sunrise side have been hard at work, assembling their cardboard boats to win the coveted Thunder Bay Cup. Racers can also win additional awards. Judges will evaluate each boat for design, creativity, and performance. People show great ingenuity when it comes to creating these makeshift vessels.“I was surprised the first time I saw them,” said Regatta Organizer Phil Hartmeyer. “People would get incredibly creative with these designs and, we’ve had boats that have come back three years running.”The race will begin at 2:15pm, starting with the kids paddle class. Four classes divide the racers into their respective category. The kids paddle allows children 10-14 to battle it out. The single sailor class puts individuals against each other. Class three is two sailors and class four is the whole-crew group which features more than three sailors. Awards will be handed out around 4:00pm.“In addition to the boat regatta, we’ve got games and activities for the kids,” said Hartmayer. “We’ve got food vendors and all sorts of things going on so, it’s great way to celebrate family, celebrate summer, and celebrate Alpena.”For information on how to register and details on the event, visit the Friends of Thunder Bay website by clicking here. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Preview: On The Deck Episode 3 ‘Choctaw’Next Campers press into CPR training to get certified
4. West Bromwich Albion 2,699 long balls (Finished 20th) 8. West Ham United 2,567 long balls (Finished 13th) Winning football games is no longer the bare minimum for football fans nowadays, they want to be entertained.While Manchester City may have set the standard with their slick passing and moving, teams right the way through the Premier League clamour for attractive football.Take West Ham United, for example.Tasked with keeping the club in the division, David Moyes delivered a 13th-placed finish for the club with a robust, non-nonsense style of play and paid for it with his job.Instead, they brought in Manuel Pellegrini, the suave and sophisticated Chilean with a penchant for opening up opposition defences with short, sharp passes.The thought of going long and playing for territory are considered antiquated; the adage of if in doubt, put it out carries a stigma linked to dour and pragmatic football.But which sides were culpable of playing it long the most last season?Here at talkSPORT, we have collected data from the official Premier League website to see just who played long balls more frequently in the Premier League last season, and then compared it with their final league standing.To clarify, a long ball is defined by Opta statisticians as: A forward pass that is 35 yards or more and is kicked into a space or area on the pitch rather than a precise pass aimed at a particular team-mate.In contrast, a long pass is: one that is 35 yards or more and is aimed at a particular team-mate. It does not have to be forward.Scroll down to see just where your side ranked in the long ball table, starting from the fewest attempted and finishing with the side most culpable for hitting it long.20. Manchester City 1,775 long balls (Finished 1st) 3. Everton 2,726 long balls (Finished 8th) 21 2. Brighton & Hove Albion 2,774 long balls (Finished 15th) 21 21 21 21 16. Manchester United 2,308 long balls (Finished 2nd) 21 1. Burnley 3,028 long balls (Finished 7th) 11. Stoke City 2,528 long balls (Finished 19th) 21 21 21 21 21 21 15. Liverpool 2,370 long balls (Finished 4th) 21 10. Southampton 2,541 long balls (Finished 17th) 13. Crystal Palace 2,416 long balls (Finished 11th) 9. Huddersfield Town 2,563 long balls (Finished 16th) 21 7. Swansea City 2,580 long balls (Finished 18th) 21 19. Arsenal 1,994 long balls (Finished 6th) On my head son! 18. Chelsea 2,140 long balls (Finished 5th) 21 21 21 21 6. Newcastle United 2,610 long balls (Finished 10th) 17. AFC Bournemouth 2,299 long balls (Finished 12th) 21 14. Watford 2,410 long balls (Finished 14th) 21 12. Tottenham Hotspur 2,447 long balls (Finished 3rd) 5. Leicester City 2,667 long balls (Finished 9th)
India have had a sensational run in T20s this year, winning10 of their 11 matches including an emppahtic Asia Cup T20 triumph. However,skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not going to be complacent and insisted thathis side will be slow and steady in their approach once the ICC World Twenty20starts.India, according to several experts, are favourites to winthe tournament for a record second time. The final will be held at the iconicEden Gardens, where visiting teams have cowered in front of the partisan Indiancrowds. (Also read: India favourites to win ICC World Twenty20 for second time) However, Dhoni said he wants his team to build up momentumgradually and was in no mood to think of the finals.”We can’t think of the finals now. We have to startwith the warm-ups and then build up gradually. All the sides in this tournamentare really good and they all have match-winners. A slow and steady progress isimportant,” Dhoni told the media in Kolkata today. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni best finisher in the world: Virat Kohli)”We don’t have to worry about the final now. We have toworry about the preparations of the players,” he said.Dhoni said every player in the team needs to take up someextra responsibilty as that could make the captain’s job a lot easier.India are playing 2012 World T20 champions West Indies in awarm-up game on Thursday and Dhoni felt his team was on track. “We arewell on track. The preparation is good.”advertisementDhoni was back at his best in the Asia Cup T20 and stampedhis authority with a six-ball 20 in the final. The quickfire knock endedBangladesh’s hopes as India won the tournament for the sixth time. Dhoni saidhe was not doing anything new and insisted that he always felt good about hisbatting. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the show-stealer, is back!)But there was little chance of the Indian skipper doinganything more explosive unless he promoted himself. As usual, Dhoni was guardedon his possible batting position in the World T20.”I have always felt good about my batting but it istough for me to play more than 20 deliveries unless I promote myself.” Dhoni said he was also relieved with certain death bowlersand expressed his happiness with the bowling unit as a whole.India begin their World T20 campaign next week against NewZealand in Jamtha.