37 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyle Jesus play Golgota Picnic angers Christians in France by: – November 16, 2011 Tweet Share The play has already drawn protests in ParisChristian groups have condemned a provocative Spanish play about Jesus called Golgota Picnic (Golgotha Picnic), due to premiere in France.Street protests are planned when the play is performed in the southern city of Toulouse, before moving on to the capital Paris.While urging restraint, Toulouse’s Catholic archbishop said the play “fouled the faith of many believers”.Its Argentine-born author said he found it “healthy” when people took a stand.The theatre’s manager, Jacky Ohayon, insisted Rodrigo Garcia’s play was not blasphemous and pointed out it had run for six months in the Spanish capital Madrid “with no trouble”.Christian fundamentalists are expected to protest publicly outside the Garonne Theatre in Toulouse on Wednesday, while a counter-demonstration in support of freedom of speech is being organised by leftist groups. CRS riot police have reportedly been put on stand-by. Last month, a similar demonstration in Paris “against Christianophobia” gathered about 1,000 people. ‘Christ as madman’In a message carried by the Toulouse diocesan website, Archbishop Monsignor Robert Le Gall said: “Mr Rodrigo Garcia wants to denounce forcefully all forms of fundamentalism and rebel against an all-powerful God he has feared since childhood – that is not the God Christians proclaim…“Is it right to foul the faith of many believers, to attack them in their devotion to Christ? I do not think so.”But the archbishop warned protesters to be wary of being “manipulated by fundamentalists and political groups”, and condemned any use of violence.He distanced the Church from activists who had, he said, been distributing leaflets outside Toulouse churches. Another senior Catholic cleric, Bishop Dominique Rey of Frejus-Toulon, condemned what he said was Garcia’s depiction of Christ as “madman, dog, pyromaniac, messiah of Aids, devil-whore, no better than a terrorist”.Garcia himself said his play, which depicts the life of Christ through shocking images of contemporary consumer society, was a reflection of everyday reality.“I find it healthy to see people take a stand and say they don’t like it, even if what I show is only a reflection of what is in front of our eyes every day but nobody chooses to see,” he was quoted as saying in France’s La Depeche newspaper. A bid by Catholic groups to have the play banned was rejected by the regional authorities in Toulouse. BBC News
He added: “When I spoke to the Swansea chairman (Huw Jenkins), he said they had been tracking me from my Charlton days. I also heard of a link when Joe Allen was going to Liverpool, but that never happened. It raised its head again over the summer and I was following it in the papers every morning while on holiday until it happened for real.” Shelvey has spent the last few days getting to know his new team-mates, although that is a process which has proved easier than it might have been with the rest of the squad welcoming him from the off. He said: “It’s always a nervous time joining a new club. It was the same when I went from Charlton to Liverpool, then to Blackpool on loan and now Swansea. “You don’t know what to expect meeting the players for the first time, even down to the staff. But I have learnt that you can’t be negative. You have got to be positive and confident in order to show your character and ability. “In fairness to the boys here, they welcomed me in straight away. They were having dinner at the hotel when I arrived and they all got up to shake my hand and welcome me to the club. “I had heard that Swansea was a friendly club. I spoke to Joe Allen just before I signed and he had nothing but good things to say about the club and the fans. (Liverpool and former Swansea boss) Brendan Rodgers and Colin Pascoe were exactly the same. “The fans seem passionate as well. Less than two hours after I had agreed to sign, people were coming up to me in the local Sainsbury’s in Swansea for autographs and pictures. They were all very welcoming, which was great.” Swansea new boy Jonjo Shelvey cannot wait for the latest phase of his career to start in earnest. Press Association The 21-year-old midfielder completed a £5million move to the Liberty Stadium last week and was quickly whisked off to the club’s pre-season training camp in Holland, where he has played 45 minutes in each of their friendly victories over FC Gravenzande and Excelsior. Shelvey told the club’s official website, www.swanseacity.net: “I’m looking forward to being part of it. I watched Swansea play a lot in the Premier League. The way they play football excites me and I can’t wait to be part of it.”
Press Association The 34-year-old, who scored 56 goals in 226 appearances for Everton, left England in 2012 for Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, for whom he was named Most Valuable Player after scoring 11 times. Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer (34 times in 71 internationals) has settled well in the United States but it is believed he would consider a return to Europe if the right offer came along. Press Association Sport understands that there has been significant interest from both QPR and Sunderland, as well as number of other top-flight clubs in the Premier League and also across Europe. Cahill enjoyed a good World Cup for his country, becoming the first Australian ever to score in three successive tournaments, and netting one of the goals of the summer with a brilliant left-foot volley against Holland. Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is in line for a surprise move back to the Barclays Premier League.
Press Association “Everyone needs to take a step back and let them do their thing and hopefully Saido can relax into that mould a bit more and just do his thing.” Victory moved the Baggies four points clear of the relegation zone but left Swansea ninth. The Swans have won just two of their last nine games in all competitions. Jack Cork moved to the Liberty Stadium from Southampton last month and dismissed any suggestions they are becoming complacent. He said: “I have come here and the manager said we wanted to get the best ever Premier League finish, that was enough ambition for me. “We are not getting complacent. West Brom was a little slip but we can pick ourselves up. “We’ve got loads to play for and we are going to try and get as high as we can. On Wednesday we were a little bit unlucky in certain situations and hopefully we can put that right next week. “We made a few little silly errors and for some reason we got a bit sloppy. We played all right in the first half but we didn’t do so well later in the game.” The striker scored his 15th goal of the season to help the Baggies beat Swansea 2-0 in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday. Berahino said last week he was looking to move onto “bigger things” after he had scored the goals required to keep West Brom up. Ben Foster admits West Brom would be powerless to keep Saido Berahino if they received a huge bid. Head coach Tony Pulis since revealed the striker had been on the “naughty chair” for his comments, but while Foster wants Berahino to stay at The Hawthorns, he knows a big offer would be impossible to refuse. “Without doubt I do (want him to stay) but I completely understand if a team is going to come in with a £25-30million bid, there’s not a lot you are going to do about that,” said the England goalkeeper. “As long as he keeps working his socks off and doing the business for us, I don’t think anyone would begrudge him a big move like that. “It is only going to benefit the club, a lot more money for us to invest into other players as well.” Berahino has been in the spotlight all season and the 21-year-old also pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge in January and was banned from driving for 12 months. But Foster insists the striker should be given more time to adapt and needs to avoid the hype. “There is always a case when a young player scores a few goals, there is always so much hype about it,” he said. “I don’t care who you are, if you are Harry Kane at the moment, the pressure on him is incredible. I know he is scoring goals, it’s just too much sometimes.
AP Source: Pac-12 Conference cancels fall football season, postpones all sports until Jan. 1 because of COVID-19
Associated Press August 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — AP Source: Pac-12 Conference cancels fall football season, postpones all sports until Jan. 1 because of COVID-19. AP Source: Pac-12 Conference cancels fall football season, postpones all sports until Jan. 1 because of COVID-19
..Anthony Bramble is lone newcomer in 14 –member squad JOHN’S, Antigua – West Indies chances against India in the MyTeam11 T20I Series, co-sponsored by Skoda, were given a boost with the recall of the veteran duo of Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.Wicketkeeper/batsman Anthony Bramble is the newcomer in the 14-member squad selected for the first two T20Is in the series which will be contested on August 3 and 4 at the Broward County Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida.The Selection Panel have the opportunity to make changes to the squad before the third T20I on August 6 at the Guyana National Stadium.Sunil Narine last played in a Windies T20 side almost two years ago,The squad also includes Andre Russell, subject to him passing a fitness assessment prior to the series. He is set to return to the playing field following his early exit from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 to undergo an operation on his troublesome left knee.Left-handed opener John Campbell and left-arm spinner Khary Pierre have also been included alongside a number of regulars led by captain Carlos Brathwaite, as the interim CWI Selection Panel seeks to explore options with the ICC T20 World Cup looming next year in Australia.Mystery spinner Narine last played in a T20I for West Indies against England almost two years ago at Chester-le-Street and batting all-rounder Pollard appeared last November on the Tour of India.The 28-year-old Bramble has given firm proof of his batting and keeping ability in the West Indies Championship for reigning five-time champions Guyana Jaguars, who also reached the Final of last year’s West Indies Super50 Cup.He captained West Indies “B” to the Final of the Global T20 Tournament last year in Canada and was recently picked up in the CPL draft for the first time in three years and will play for his home-based Guyana Amazon Warriors.“We have been following his performances in regional competitions over the years and it cannot be forgotten that he led the West Indies ‘B’ Team to the GT20 in Canada, and that team did well to reach the Final,” said Haynes.“We figured that though Nicholas Pooran will be the first-choice wicketkeeper, we needed to have someone to deputise in case something unexpected happens and he is the perfect choice. He is 27 and has a lot of ambition, and we saw his character come out the way he batted whenever Guyana Jaguars were in problems in the West Indies Championship and Super50 Cup, so we know he is capable of getting the job done.”As one of the most feared and fierce hitters in the shortest version of the game, Russell will add further depth to the batting, and Haynes expects him and the other senior members of the squad to play a big role in the series.Haynes said veteran opener Chris Gayle had notified him that he was unavailable for the series, due to playing commitments at the GT20 in Canada, so this has given the opportunity for left-handed compatriot John Campbell to fill the slot.Windies T20 squad: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Kemo Paul, Sunil Narine Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thoams Anthony Barmble, Andre Russell and Kharry Pierre.
Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Falcons new Captain, Asisat Oshoala, has been described as a great role model to young women in the country.The FC Barcelona Ladies forward, who is going to lead the Nigerian senior ladies team against Cote d’Ivoire today in a must-win Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying match at the Agege Stadium in Lagos was celebrated by Emzor Pharmaceutical yesterday. Speaking at the renewal of Oshoala’s contract as Emzor Brand Ambassador as well as to celebrate her appointment as Falcon’s captain yesterday, Managing Director /CEO of Emzor Pharmaceutical, Stella Okoli, described the multiple winner of the African Footballer of the Year as a worthy role model. “Oshoala is an inspiring young woman, who is also a great role model to young women is Nigeria. We are very proud of all her accomplishments and effort towards encouraging under-privileged girls through her foundation. “This is one of the reasons why we are renewing her contract today as Emzor Brand Ambassador so that she can continue helping girls in need,” observed the Emzor chief executive.Also speaking on the company’s sponsorship of the Super Falcons and the Super Eagles, Emzor’s Brand and Marketing Manager, Mark Redgaurd stressed that they have been at it for over five years.“At Emzor, we are big supporters of sport development among females in Nigeria, which is why for about five years, we have continued to sponsor the national football teams, including Super Eagles and Super Falcons,” he added.Born and brought up in the Ikorodu suburb of Lagos, Nigeria, Asisat Oshoala began her career at FC Robo in Mushin area of Lagos before her move to Rivers Angels where she emerged as the best player in the Nigeria Women Professional Football League.Oshoala has several best player awards both locally and at the global level, making her one of Nigeria’s best ever female footballer.Her foundation has been impacting positively in the lives of girl-child in the state.The Asisat Oshoala Foundation is to hold its annual Football4girls initiative for this year between December 20 and 24 at the Campos Mini Stadium on Lagos Island. The foundation has partnered the Barca Lagos Academy for technical support ahead of the 2019 football clinic for girls in Lagos. Three outstanding girls will be awarded scholarships into the Barca Lagos Academy as part of her contribution to help give their careers a lift.
The Trojans overcame a 14-point deficit thanks to big games from sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and freshman running back Ronald Jones II, and defeated the Arizona Wildcats 38-30 at the Coliseum on Saturday night.The win gave the Trojans (6-3, 4-2 Pac-12) their third consecutive victory and keeps them in contention in the Pac-12 South. Jones had 177 yards on 19 carries, breaking a USC record for most yards in a game by a freshman.Smith-Schuster, who underwent surgery on a broken hand Monday, not only started the game, but was also explosive, finishing with 138 receiving yards on 8 catches, which included a 72-yard touchdown.“Not the prettiest of victories, but I love how this team is,” interim head coach Clay Helton said. “Every time they’re faced with adversity, they just rise up.”After falling behind 14-0 in the first half, the Trojans came from behind to take their first lead of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter on a nine-yard touchdown run by junior running back Justin Davis to put USC ahead 24-20. The play was set up by a pivotal third-down run by Jones, who bursted up the middle for 27 yards to the Wildcats’ (5-5, 2-5) nine-yard line. It was the first time USC erased a 14-point deficit since 2012 against Utah.Five minutes later, after a field goal by the Wildcats, Jones helped the Trojans create some separation with a career long 74-yard touchdown run, bouncing off several defenders as he maneuvered his way into the end zone.“It was just a run to the right,” Jones said. “It was the offensive line creating holes for me. I should have stayed outside but I got excited. Steven [Mitchell Jr.] helped me out and it was off to the races.”Ahead 31-23, the Trojans forced a punt and marched right back down the field, taking more than five minutes off the clock and capping the drive off with a 16-yard touchdown run by Davis for the exclamation mark on the victory.It took until the second quarter for the Trojans to wake up. Down 14-3 and with the Wildcats threatening to score again, sophomore safety John Platteburg came up with a pivotal interception. And on USC’s first play of the ensuing drive, Cody Kessler found a streaking Smith-Schuster downfield for a 72-yard touchdown to cut the lead to four.“Somebody had to make a big play,” Smith-Schuster said. “When coach called the play, I said, ‘Ok the corner’s playing low, the safety’s playing low. It’s a touchdown.’ In my mind, I said, ‘Just catch the ball and run, and that’s what happened.’”Helton explained the aggressive play calling as one of the team’s hallmarks.“We’re always going to stay aggressive,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where we are. Whether it’s defensive blitzing or throwing the ball deep, we trust our players to make plays. We’re always going to stay aggressive with that mindset. We’re going to stay fearless.”A failed onside-kick attempt led to an Arizona field goal, but the Trojans managed to tie the game before halftime. Relying heavily on the run on this drive with Jones receiving the bulk of the carries, it fittingly ended with a five-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Jones on a screen pass to even the score at 17-17 going into the break. Arizona scored the lone points of the third quarter, settling for a field goal after failing to convert in the red zone. The Trojans responded with a drive that lasted nearly five minutes, but they too stalled in the red zone and Alex Wood missed a 34-yard field goal wide right.It was an inauspicious start for the Trojans, who managed just 12 yards of offense and two first downs in the first quarter. They went three-and-out on three of their four drives and fumbled on the other.“We started slow,” Helton said. “The penalties and turnover were momentum killers. I was proud of the boys. They didn’t show any signs of panic. They came back in the second quarter and put 17 points on the board. Our defense kept us in the game while we got our stuff straight.Meanwhile, the Wildcats took advantage of the Trojans’ early struggles. Arizona recovered a fumble on a botched handoff from Kessler to Madden and the Wildcats converted on the drive with a touchdown pass from Anu Solomon to Nate Phillips on a play action play.Arizona took a two-touchdown lead set up by a seven play, 60-yard drive at the end of the first quarter, capped off by a three-yard touchdown catch by David Richards to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead.The Trojans’ first points came on their first drive of the second quarter. After they failed to convert in the red zone, Wood connected on a 24-yard field goal to put USC on the board.For a Wildcats team that focused heavily on the run, the Trojans were exemplary defending the ground game, limiting Arizona to just 60 yards on 23 carries.“We knew going into the game it was going to be a dogfight,” redshirt defensive tackle Antwaun Woods said. “We took it upon ourselves to be disciplined for four quarters, to be able to defend the run over and over and over again. We knew they were going to keep coming back to the run game. We just played disciplined football.”And they played winning football, on the backs of a freshman running back and an injured star wide receiver, who was determined to play and make an impact.“My whole mindset was to come back and play in this game,” Smith-Schuster said. “I was in a lot of pain. I cried the first night because it was so much pain. The only thing I was thinking about was my brothers are out there working hard every day at practice and I’m doing nothing, just getting treatment. I knew when it was time to play, I really didn’t care about the pain.”Helton was in awe of Smith-Schuster’s fortitude.“I’ve never in my life been associated with more of a warrior than No. 9,” Helton said. “For him to do what he did and absolutely commit himself to this team blows me away.”Kessler threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-36 passing, while Solomon had 352 yards passing and three touchdowns. USC will head on the road next week to take on Colorado in a Friday night affair.
“It’s skill,” junior quarterback Malcolm Perry said of Navy’s blocking scheme. “Being geared toward doing the right things to keep drives going.”Niumatalolo prefers recruits who thrive in high school spread systems. He knows Navy won’t attract top dual-threat players, he said, but he knows he can get an abundance of run-first quarterbacks. Navy doesn’t recruit true wide receivers, though. Players lined up on the edge vary from blocking tight ends to fullbacks to other quarterbacks.But roles aren’t cemented. Abey started 2017 as Navy’s primary halfback, posting 1,413 yards with 19 touchdowns. Before the annual Army-Navy game, he made a transition to quarterback, where the decision-making was put on his shoulders. But his role changed again this season with the rise of Perry. At 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, Abey is now the Midshipmen’s goalline back.“I wasn’t sure if I would be a quarterback,” Abey said, “but I never thought I’d be in this kind of role in an offense, being the heavy-set fullback guy.”In Navy’s first game this season against Hawaii, Abey ran for 17 yards, far from his 109-yard average last season, but scored four touchdowns.Navy’s scheme, combined with the versatility of its players, keeps it relevant in games. Since joining the American Athletic Conference, Navy has kept 13 of its 15 loses within 17 points. That means the final quarter of a game usually decides the outcome, Niumatalolo said.Navy opened its inaugural AAC season in 2015 with an 11-2 record and followed that up the next year with a victory over Notre Dame. But since its 11-win campaign, the Midshipmen’s win total has dropped by two in 2016 and 2017.“They’re all close losses,” Niumatalolo said. “Last second field goal here, possession there. It’s not like we have to reinvent the wheel. We just have to play better.”With the losses piling up, Niumatalolo became more open to making in-game adjustments. Against Air Force last season, the Midshipmen went three-and-out on their first possession. For the rest of the game, Navy opted to run out of the shotgun.“It’s the biggest change we’ve made ever since I’ve been here,” Niumatalolo said.The triple option started further from the line of scrimmage and resembled a modern spread offense. Navy followed the change by scoring on six of its next seven possessions. With 15 seconds left, Abey faked a handoff and passed for a score to put the Midshipmen up for good, 48-45.Even with that scoring outburst, Navy isn’t looking to radically change its offense in the future, Niumatalolo said. It just wants to compete with top-level teams. Whether it be taking the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy from Army this season or attempting to slow down No. 6 Notre Dame’s offense at the end of October, Navy will have a chance because of its option.“We’ve been doing it for so long that we have so much faith in it,” Niumatalolo said. “We’ve established that when we ride the triple option, good things can happen.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 2, 2018 at 10:56 am Contact KJ: email@example.com | @KJEdelman Navy knows it won’t snag top recruits. It can’t effectively run a pro-style offense because it doesn’t have the personnel to do so. So Navy shouldn’t thrive offensively.But the Midshipmen do anyway, because of the triple option.“It gives us to chance to compete against people who are week in and week out bigger and stronger and faster than we are,” head coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “… It’s who we are and have always been.”Unlike most offenses in Division I, Navy (2-2, 1-1 American Athletic) avoids throwing the ball. This season, the Midshipmen have rushed on 88 percent of their plays, the highest mark in the NCAA, while averaging 5.4 yards per rush. Conversely, they’ve thrown the second-fewest passes in the nation (37).Primarily with two halfbacks, a tight end and a run-first quarterback under center, Navy’s “extreme version” of a run-first offense hides its lack of talent, Niumatalolo said. In that formation, a traditional triple option gives the quarterback three choices: hand the ball to the fullback, run it himself or pitch the ball to the halfback. The quarterback decides what to do based on how the defense plays. For example, if the defense crashed the inside and the quarterback, the ball would be pitched to the halfback.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We basically tell the opposition the exact play we’re going to run every time,” senior Zach Abey said. “And say ‘Here you go. Stop us.’”Blessing Emole | Design EditorNavy runs the ball on 88 percent of its plays this season through the traditional triple option. The formation gives a quarterback three options: hand the ball to a fullback, run it himself or pitch the ball to a halfback.Niumatalolo learned the triple option as a quarterback at Hawaii in the late 1980s. He assumed when he arrived that he’d play a classic quarterback role and pass the ball. Instead, then 29-year-old offensive coordinator Paul Johnson offered a new system where Niumatalolo ran more than he threw. Niumatalolo bought in.Fifteen years later, Niumatalolo was reunited with Johnson, Navy’s head coach, as his offensive line coach. The same system Niumatalolo ran in his playing days flourished as the Midshipmen led the FBS in rushing four of his first five seasons.But Johnson left in 2007 to implement a similar system in the Atlantic Coast Conference at Georgia Tech. Niumatalolo took over Navy, promising to run a similar variation of the triple read. The Midshipmen have compiled nine winning seasons and five bowl victories under Niumatalolo.While Navy remains in a triple option formation for almost every play, Niumatalolo’s expertise with blocking has created an array of options for his players. The Midshipmen usually run a veer, but mix in other schemes (trap and speed, midline, two way, and zone options) along with counters and the occasional passing play.Navy’s rushing attack relies on its forward blocking. Unlike most college schemes, where lateral blocking aims to clear gaps for runners, the Midshipmen rely on their linemen to push forward, “going north to south,” Niumatalolo said, to get consistent yards.
“And I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.It has been an honor to journey through this wonderful game as a player for the past 17 years and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to serve the game in a new capacity. via @PlayersTribune https://t.co/NDU9cH2alH pic.twitter.com/FEXMlf40a9— Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12) June 17, 2019McCown, who turns 40 next month, was selected by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2002 draft and went on to have stints with the Lions, Raiders, Panthers, Bears, Buccaneers, Browns and the past two seasons with the Jets. He became an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season. Josh McCown is calling it a career.In a piece published Monday in “The Players Tribune,” the journeyman quarterback announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons. Travis Kelce: Kareem Hunt’s release from Chiefs ‘ripped our hearts out’ Whether Johnny Manziel plays in XFL ‘remains to be seen,’ Oliver Luck says “It’s been one heck of a journey. And now, strange as it feels to say, after 17 years … that journey is coming to an end. Today, I’m officially retiring,” McCown wrote, in part. “When you decide to retire, your whole football life kind of flashes before your eyes. And in it, you see all the people who played a role in making your career possible.”So to everybody who’s been a part of it — Coach (Matt) Turner, (wife) Natalie, my family, my teammates … everybody — thank you, from the bottom of my heart. It’s been one heck of a journey. Related News He finishes his career having completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 17,707 yards and 98 touchdowns with 82 interceptions in 99 games (76 starts). According to Spotrac, he made just shy of $50 million in his 16 seasons.It didn’t take long for McCown to signal what’s next: Later Monday, ESPN announced that it had hired McCown as an NFL analyst. He’ll make his debut Wednesday on “NFL Live.””I am excited to make the transition into broadcasting with ESPN which will allow me to still be involved with the game I love. I look forward to bringing ESPN viewers the unique insights that I have gained throughout my career,” he said in a statement. O.J. Simpson joins Twitter, tweets he’s ‘got a little getting even to do’