By BEN HARRISWhen it comes to winning streaks, sport fans think about the St George Dragons rugby league side of the 1950s and 1960s, or the Queensland State of Origin team.The Sydney Rebels’ mixed open team can put their name into that mix after they set the record for the longest winning streak in X-Blades National Touch League open history.Since 2011, the Rebels have been unstoppable.Their last taste of defeat was in the 2010 NTL mixed grand final when they were beaten 8-7 by Sydney Mets.Since then, they have won every game dating from the first round of the 2011 NTL tournament to this morning’s 9-4 victory over North Queensland Tropical Cyclones.It is a run of 33 matches, breaking the previous mark of 30 set by Sydney Mets in the women’s open division from round one 2004 to the 2011 semi-final.The record in the men’s open is 29 matches set by Sydney Scorpions from round one 1997 to the final in 2000.However, the Rebels’ streak doesn’t look like ending anytime soon.They are on top of Pool A and they will be looking for win number 34 when they play ACT Pirates later this afternoon in round four.Sydney Rebels’ 33-match winning streak:2011 NTL at Port MacquarieRound one – Defeated Wests Tigers 11-4.Round two – Def. Tasmania 9-4.Round three – Def. Sunshine Coast 10-2.Round four – Def. South Australia 13-0.Round five – Def. ACT 9-3.Round six – Def. Hunter Western Hornets 8-4.Round seven – Def. South Queensland 12-8.Round eight – Def. Brisbane City 6-5.Final – Def. Brisbane City 5-3.2012 NTL at Port Macquarie:Round one – Defeated South Australia 10-2.Round two – Def. Southern Suns 8-5.Round three – Def. Sunshine Coast 14-3.Round four – Def. North Queensland 11-10.Round five – Def. Hunter Western Hornets 15-2.Round six – Def. South Queensland 9-2.Round seven – Def. Brisbane City 7-6.Round eight – Def. ACT 13-3Round nine – Def. Sydney Scorpions 12-3.Semi-final – Def. Brisbane City 8-5.Final – Def. Southern Suns 13-7.2013 NTL at Coffs Harbour:Round one – Defeated Hong Kong 15-0.Round two – Def. Wests Tigers 11-5.Round three – Def. South Australia 9-1.Round four – Def. Brisbane City 5-4.Round five – Def. Northern Territory 11-3.Round six – Def. Sydney Mets 7-4.Round seven – Def. Sunshine Coast 13-5.Quarter-final – Def. Victoria 4-2.Semi-final – Def. Western Tigers 10-9.Final – Def. Brisbane City 9-8.2014 NTL at Coffs Harbour:Round one – Defeated Hunter Western Hornets 12-2.Round two – Def. Japan 18-4.Round three – Def. North Queensland 9-4.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWinning streak
RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland struggling to make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg’s star striker Erling Braut Haaland is struggling to be fit for Wednesday’s visit to Liverpool in the Champions League.The 19-year-old frontman has plundered 17 goals in 12 appearance for the Austrian side this term, including a hat-trick in their Group E opener with Genk earlier this month.However, the Norwegian forward is now a doubt for the game with illness, with the club’s sporting director detailing the importance of the next 48 hours.Sppeaking to Viasat, Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund: “The next two days are important. He is checked by a doctor every day.”He’s sick, and we don’t quite know when he will be back. Hopefully over the next few days.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsThe 10th annual Manito Ahbee festival kicked off today in Winnipeg.The five day festival is a celebration of Aboriginal culture and heritage.Highlights include an international pow wow, marketplace and the Indigenous music awards.APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports.
Saturday’s football scrimmage represents the culmination of what Jim Tressel said has been a positive spring, he told the media during the annual Ohio State football coaches clinic on Friday. “Through 13 practices this has been as an attentive and a positive spring as I’ve ever been around,” Tressel said. Because many starting positions are up for grabs, he said, everyone feels they have a chance to earn playing time. “A lot of guys haven’t been in games and this is opportunity,” Tressel said. Tressel said quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the four other players suspended for the first five games of next season for receiving improper benefits have only helped to facilitate the high level of play and competition this spring. Tressel will join the five suspended players for not properly reporting their infractions. “Some of the guys that don’t get to play early in the year are making sure that those young guys are working so that we have as good a team as we can possibly have,” Tressel said. “I think all the oars are in the water.” But water, or more specifically rain, is exactly what Tressel said he is worried about for Saturday’s scrimmage. “I just hope we don’t have a monsoon here on Saturday,” Tressel said. The team will play in the rain, but Tressel said he won’t take any chances with lightning. “I’m tough,” Tressel said, “but I ain’t as tough as lightning.” In the event of lightning, Tressel said the scrimmage would not be continued indoors and the team would proceed to its scheduled picnic. As for whom to watch on Saturday, Tressel mentioned one sleeper most people might not have expected. “As for a dark horse,” he said, “let me throw Verlon Reed.” The scrimmage will be in a different format this year, and will instead pit the offense against the defense and use a scoring system that can crown one unit victorious against the other. The new format, Tressel said, was the players’ idea. “They wanted to see how good the offense would be against the defense on the last day of spring,” Tressel said. “I thought it was a good idea.” The Jesse Owens Spring Game will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
The Big Ten is considered by some to be the premier conference in college basketball this season. Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top-14 of the Associated Press’ top-25 poll. No other conference has more than four teams ranked in the top-25. In the ultra-competitive Big Ten, the difference between winning the conference and finishing in the middle of the pack could be determined by a team’s ability to protect home court. The Ohio State men’s basketball team will have a chance to do that Tuesday when they host Iowa (13-5, 2-3 Big Ten). “You’ve got to protect home court in this league,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. “It’s very tough to win and be there at the end if you lose some home games.” Iowa travels to Columbus riding a two-game winning streak, after losing its first three Big Ten games. But even in losses, the Hawkeyes have proved to be a competitive ball club, falling by four to No. 7 Indiana and by three to No. 13 Michigan State. “They’ve been right there,” said coach Thad Matta of Iowa’s close losses. “They are playing great basketball right now. Our guys are fully aware of what we have to do and how we have to do it.” Tuesday’s game will also provide an opportunity for No. 14 OSU (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) to find another scorer to aid Deshaun Thomas. The junior forward leads the Big Ten with 20.8 points per game, but scoring has not come easy for the other Buckeyes. In Saturday’s loss to Michigan State, Thomas scored a game-high 28 points, but no other Buckeye scored more than six. Craft said part of the problem is OSU’s lack of execution within the offense. “With the offense that we run, there are definitely multiple options and multiple places for different guys to score,” Craft said. “I think that at times we don’t look at those options, we kind of focus on one part of the play, and that’s part of the problem. We’re kind of taking parts of the play for granted. We have a lot of guys that are capable, it’s just finding some consistency.” Thomas agreed. “With the offense we’ve got, anyone can score,” Thomas said. “Our offense is for anyone to get a shot off. I have faith in my guys; there are guys on this team that can score in double-digits. We’ve just got to be patient within our offense and anybody can be that second scorer.” The Buckeyes are set to tipoff with Iowa Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
The current Rossoneri manager Gattuso is now preparing his squad for next season after another disappointing year for the club last term.Gattuso was speaking at AC Milan’s first press conference ahead of the new Serie A season in August and he addressed a number of issues surrounding his underachieving side. ? Gattuso & Mirabelli LIVE! ? Follow our first press conference of the season from Milanello ?? https://t.co/quwGy0A1Ut Segui su Facebook la prima conferenza stampa della stagione 2018/19 ?? https://t.co/cl3QZUqahv#TheDevilsareBack ? pic.twitter.com/OZyhNVaYsT— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 9, 2018“We’ve talked about football and prepared training in that time. That’s how anxieties pass.” the former Rangers midfielder said, as reported by Football Italia.“We must look to the future, we’ve not changed much, but I’m sure some more players will come in.”“We must start again with great enthusiasm and belief in everything we do. We’ll put excuses and problems to one side.”“I feel the pressure but I like it, it doesn’t scare me: I’m the first Milan fan, as well as being the Coach, but I know that alone I can do very little.”Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.AC Milan finished 6th in the league last year and suffered a quarter-final exit in the Europa League at the hands of Premier League giants Arsenal.Gattuso went on to talk about what is needed tactically and in the transfer market to strengthen the team over the summer.“Right now, we have to honour this club and give everything to make it work better.” he continued.“We need a winger, a mezz’ala with the same characteristics as Kessie and a centre-forward. To date, no-one has asked to leave.”“Halilovic the winger we were looking for? I can also see him in the middle. We’re working on it…”“We’re preparing with Europe in our minds: until July 19, when CAS makes a decision, we must think about playing the Europa League.”“New tactical solutions? We’ll start again with 4-3-3. The three in midfield will be certain, but I’m working on something new, maybe during a game: [you can] expect to see a back three.”
Luciano Spalletti believes that Inter Milan’s 3-0 win away to Lazio highlighted the progress his team has made since last season.The Nerazzurri completed a six-game winning streak for the first time since January 2017 as they leapfrogged Napoli into second place on goal difference, with Mauro Icardi’s brace either side of a Marcelo Brozovic screamer.“We have an important squad, compared to last year we’ve obviously improved,” Spalletti said in the post-match press conference as cited by Forza Italia.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“The important thing is that everyone stays motivated and convinced of being able to make a contribution. If we continue like this it’s clear that it’ll then become visible that we’ve grown in every aspect: quality, personality, without being presumptuous.“It’s not about being an anti-this or an anti-that, it’s about being a strong team. With this form, we can win against anyone. But if we don’t keep up this level, we become the anti-ourselves and we can lose against anyone.”
Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is relishing the prospect of leading Manchester United out against old rivals Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA CupThe Red Devils booked their spot in the fourth round by defeating Reading 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday through goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku.Solskjaer, who started in United’s semi-final wins over Arsenal in 1999 and 2004 on route to FA Cup glory, believes his players need the challenge of facing top-level opponents.“Fantastic,” Solskjaer told MTV on his reaction to the FA Cup draw.“We need these games. These players need big games to be challenged.”Of course, everyone says we’ve won the last five games but [they have] not been [against] big opposition.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But you can only beat the teams you play and, for us to get tested and go to the next level, you need those games. And if you want to win the FA Cup, you have to beat everybody.“In the competition, United have claimed seven wins to Arsenal’s six with the other two meetings ending in a draw.Last month, the two sides settled for a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League.#MUFC have been drawn away to Arsenal in the #EmiratesFACup fourth round. The tie will be played between 25-28 January. pic.twitter.com/xnxUvc9qHp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 7, 2019
Keyword bids? Paid search? Semantic URLs? Terms associated with search engine marketing and search engine optimization tend to get tossed around in the publishing world. But SEM and SEO are important tools, helping publishers promote their Web sites through increased visibility in search engine results pages. While some consider SEO and SEM interchangeable terms, SEO is really the first step in search engine marketing, allowing for broad-reaching (usually free) Web site promotion. SEM not only includes SEO tactics but methods for immediately increasing a site’s traffic and visibility through paid inclusion (paid addition of a site to a search engine), paid advertising, and pay-per-click (text-only ads controlled by the advertiser).“I think in the last couple of years, companies were working through the first generation of tactics, but now with more of a track record and advanced analytics that show where traffic is going, they can better target their efforts and look at the business model and ROI of their SEO and SEM activities,” says Dan Weiner, managing director at Red Bricks Media New York, a search and performance marketing agency working with major publishers.Relaunch for SuccessWomen’s business magazine Pink plans to relaunch its site in early December. With this relaunch comes a redesign, which Pink’s digital agency, 360i, will rely on to bolster the magazine’s online prominence through SEO. Pinkmagazine.com’s homegrown CMS is optimized for search, says James Yancey, 360i Atlanta’s managing director, with content indexed more regularly than on other sites. “All of the URL structures on the site are clean,” he says. These “clean,” or semantic, URLs identify a piece of content by its key word and title, instead of just as a series of numbers and letters that normally appear. “While it may look more simplistic in structure, this is actually very technical,” Yancey says. Implementing semantic URLs at relaunch will make it easier for search engines to find content categorically through Pink’s CMS.Multiple Titles, One Domain Next year, Incisive Media plans to redesign its b-to-b vertical markets—legal, commercial real estate and interactive marketing—according to vice president of digital media Alex Kam.Incisive’s URLs, while not semantic like Pink’s, have the additional issue of a single domain structure with multiple titles (New York Law Journal, Legal Times) under the category of law.com. Kam says Incisive is looking to promote individual brands and use semantic URLs to reinforce brand value and user recall. “Using law.com as our legal domain has complicated our ability to build our online brands and hampered our search engine rankings,” he adds. “A smarter URL strategy will create visibility on the search engines, which will generate more user clicks, and therefore more page views.”As far as page navigation is concerned, Weiner says, “Rather than thinking only about navigation from their site’s front page, publishers have to realize that more than 50 percent of readers may be jumping from a Google search box directly into a section deep within the site.” This calls for smart page design—appropriate headers, titles, branding and cross-links on each page, with calls to action made visible, even on deep pages—enabling every page to act as a “home” page.Makes Images “Findable”Many publishers pride themselves on their images and photography, but Google can only read images in html. “Pink has a lot of text images on its site but search engines can’t read them,” says Pink Web editor Taylor Mallory. “Our new site will have images in html format, making them more easily found by search engines.” Monetize PlatformsPink’s offline platforms have a direct effect on page views. “When we do media stuff—TV, radio and events across the country—we see [traffic] really spike,” says founding editor Cynthia Good. Weiner cites two practices for linking offline platforms to your site: 1. Target keywords and ad copy allowing it to “capture” searches driven from those channels; 2. Implement tracking and analytics to measure cross-channel lift. Without this, the impact may be mixed with other activity and hard to assess.Conde Nast, Hearst and Time leverage search campaigns for subscriptions and traffic to align with ad sales, monetize pages with high CPMs, and drive incremental volume to key programs. Consumer Engagement“While subscription programs drive the purchase of a physical product, many online consumers are looking for content in that same online channel,” Weiner says of publishers that began with subscription programs, but are now expanding to drive traffic to specific content areas. More targeted keywords, like “dating advice,” drive consumers to relevant areas of the site, whereas brand terms like magazine titles work better for subscription acquisitions. Some larger publishers have expanded from paid search to support subscriber acquisitions (to include customer engagement and traffic), and augmented natural search SEO efforts.Kam’s goal is to increase Incisive’s traffic at least 10 percent by 2010. “The more people that come, the more money we make and the more we can invest in search.”
Facebook cracks down on fake news Tags Comments Meet the women fighting fake news on Facebook Now playing: Watch this: 8 Photos “The objective is not to preclude access to any news content — an approach that would conflict with our nation’s free speech principles — but rather to empower readers with additional information on the source and reliability of that content as they consume and/or share it,” Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for customer security and trust, wrote in a blog post when it first partnered with NewsGuard last summer.Neither RT nor Mail Online responded to requests for comment. We’ve reached out to NewsGuard regarding the change to Mail Online’s status.Edge, which is shipping as part of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creators Update, held just over 2 percent of the browser market share in December, according to StatCounter. Google Chrome continued to dominate, with more than 62 percent.First published Jan. 23, at 9:07 a. PT.Update Feb. 1 at 4:58 a.m. PT: Adds that Mail Online’s rating was changed from red to green. Share your voice 3 The mobile version of Microsoft Edge can easily assess how trustworthy news outlets are. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Microsoft is helping you battle fake news on your phone: Its Edge browser now tells you how reliable sites are.The company started installing the NewsGuard plug-in — which you previously had to download manually — on all mobile versions of the browser, as reported by The Guardian.After turning on news rating in Edge’s settings menu, you can see NewsGuard’s shield icon in the browser’s address bar whenever you visit a news site. Green indicates a reliable outlet, while red suggests you should be skeptical about what you read.Phew! Screenshot by CNET “Proceed with caution: this website generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability,” it said of Russian news site RT.You can tap the “the full Nutrition label” to learn more. In RT’s case, NewsGuard noted that it’s “the website of a leading Russian government propaganda effort.” The service highlighted that Mail Online (the website of Britain’s Daily Mail tabloid) has “been forced to pay damages in numerous high-profile cases,” according to The Guardian.Mail Online initially had a red shield, but the BBC reported Friday, Feb. 1, that it was switched to a green one following “discussions with a Daily Mail executive.” However, NewsGuard said the outlet “still failed to gather and present information responsibly.”By contrast, The New York Times got a green rating and the label said it “exerts significant influence on national and international news and public debate.”The plug-in rates sites based on various criteria including repeated publishing of false content, deceptive headlines and methods of gathering information, in addition to revealing the site’s ownership, credibility history and transparency.Clear shields indicate that NewsGuard hasn’t reviewed the site yet, but you can suggest they do easily — just tap the submit option.The company is staffed by trained journalists who “come from diverse backgrounds and have no political axes to grind,” it noted on its site.”We’re delighted to be able to reach millions of people through Microsoft Edge for mobile, giving news consumers more information about the sources of news they see online based on basic journalistic criteria of credibility and transparency,” Gordon Crovitz, one of NewsGuard’s CEOs, wrote in an emailed statement. Internet Services Mobile 1:09 Microsoft Edge Microsoft