Guerrilla Games to nearly double its staff with planned office move

first_imgGuerrilla Games to nearly double its staff with planned office moveCEO Hermen Hulst wants to shorten production time to three yearsHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterThursday 19th July 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGuerrilla GamesPlayStation first-party developer Guerrilla Games is set to move into a new office, paving the way to nearly double its staff. Currently with 250 permanent employees, the Horizon Zero Dawn developer says it wants to expand to 400 people, allowing it to make games faster. “We have worked at Horizon for six and a half years, which is exceptional: we want to release games in the two or three years, both new titles and games based on existing titles,” CEO Hermen Hulst told Dutch publication Het Parool. Although it has taken some time to find a location to accommodate Hulst’s planned expansion, the Amsterdam-based studio will be remaining in the city at a new 7,300 square meters space in the Telegraaf complex — a former newspaper printing press — early next year. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “I’ve been looking for room for growth for three or four years,” said Hulst. “But that is hardly possible in Amsterdam, which will be the base for Guerrilla.”We are going to put everything to our will. For ten years we do not have to worry about our accommodation anymore, the idea is that we will never go out here again. ” The sizable expansion comes after Sony closed Guerilla Games’ Cambridge studio in January last year. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesPeople of the Year 2019: Hermen HulstGuerrilla Games’ former MD on the journey from Killzone to Horizon Zero Dawn, and his next challenge as PlayStation’s head of Worldwide StudiosBy Matthew Handrahan A year agoGuerrilla Games: “We’ve gone from designing rollercoaster rides to theme parks”Horizon: Zero Dawn art director Jan-Bart Van Beek on the acclaimed new IP’s origins and why games offer more unique worlds than moviesBy James Batchelor 3 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

NFL predictions 2019: Final standings, playoff projections, Super Bowl 54 pick

first_imgThe game has instant classic written all over it. Dallas will win because of a little more defense combined with an offense that will open up to become capable of outscoring Kansas City.Here is more on why we like the Cowboys to win Super Bowl 54.Contributing: Vinnie Iyer, Bill Bender As is the case before every NFL season begins, league-wide optimism is never higher than it is as the calendar hits September. But 31 teams will see their 2019 season end with disappointment. There are 256 games in the NFL season, and barring a few pesky ties, somebody has to lose them.QUICK LINKS FOR PICKS:AFC East | AFC West | AFC North | AFC SouthNFC East | NFC West | NFC North | NFC SouthThat’s where Sporting News comes in with our annual NFL predictions. Our method is as follows.SN NFL writer Vinnie Iyer picks a winner for each of those 256 games. Once those picks are made, SN’s NFL team debates each team’s final record, and wins and losses are adjusted accordingly. Once the final division standings are set, playoff predictions can be made based on the seeding, all the way to our Super Bowl 54 pick.Below are the results for 2019. If these predictions come true, the NFL’s 100th year will be one to remember, to say the least.NFL predictions 2019: Final division standingsAFC NorthPlaceTeamRecord1.Cleveland Browns(11-5)2.Pittsburgh Steelers(10-6)3.Baltimore Ravens(8-8)4.Cincinnati Bengals(5-11)The Browns have not won their division since 1989. The AFC North was called the AFC Central then. The Oilers were in Houston, and in the division, and the Ravens did not exist.So, yeah, it’s been a long time. There is no question Cleveland has been the hype team of this offseason. Can the likes of Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. and Myles Garrett deliver on those lofty expectations in 2019, just two years removed from the Browns’ 0-16 season?Baltimore won the AFC North with a 10-6 record last season. The Steelers, who let Le’Veon Bell leave and traded Antonio Brown, are in for interesting season. Rookie coach Zac Taylor will start a new era in Cincinnati.Based on SN’s picks for the entire 2019 season, here are our predictions for the AFC North.AFC SouthPlaceTeamRecord1.Indianapolis Colts(11-5)2.Houston Texans(8-8)3.Tennessee Titans(5-11)4.Jacksonville Jaguars(4-12)Either the Texans or the Colts have won the AFC South in nine of the last 10 seasons, and heading into 2019, the tough choice in the division is again between those two teams at the top.Houston won the division last season for the third time in four years behind a healthy Deshaun Watson and a defense that still features J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. Indianapolis, however, beat the division champion in the wild-card round of the playoffs.Based on SN’s picks for the entire 2019 season, here are our predictions for the AFC South.AFC EastPlaceTeamRecord1.New England Patriots13-32.New York Jets9-73.Buffalo Bills5-114.Miami Dolphins2-14The Patriots last season made it 10 consecutive AFC East titles on their way to winning another Super Bowl. In 2019, they will attempt to finish first in the division for the 17th time in the 19 years of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.New England, though, actually showed some vulnerability before getting things perfect in the playoffs, as its 11-5 record was its “worst” in nine seasons. The NFL’s reigning dynasty still won the East by four games. Will the competition get better enough to make the Patriots sweat?Based on SN’s picks for the entire 2019 season, here are our predictions for the AFC East.AFC WestPlaceTeamRecord1.Kansas City Chiefs(14-2)2.Los Angeles Chargers(11-5)3.Oakland Raiders(5-11)4.Denver Broncos(5-11)Of the NFL divisions that featured two-team races at the top last season, the AFC West featured the closest competition. Don’t expect that to change in 2019.The Chiefs and Chargers finished with the same record (12-4) last season. Both ended up falling short of the Super Bowl after falling to the Patriots in the playoffs.The Raiders, in their second year under Jon Gruden, are looking to start fresh after the coach’s hands-on, massive overhaul assisted by Mike Maycck. The Broncos are undergoing even more transition, with Vic Fangio and Joe Flacco as their new veteran coach-quarterback combination.Based on SN’s picks for the entire 2019 season, here are our predictions for the AFC West.NFC NorthPlaceTeamRecord1.Green Bay Packers(12-4)2.Chicago Bears(11-5)3.Minnesota Vikings(9-7)4.Detroit Lions(5-11)The Bears traded for Khalil Mack last season, and it tilted the balance of power in the NFC North in their favor.Chicago won the division last season for the first time since 2010 behind first-year coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Despite a heartbreaking loss to the Eagles in the wild-card round of the playoffs, this team has playoff experience and will be in the mix with the other Super Bowl contenders. The Bears begin the NFL’s 100th year against the Packers in the Thursday night season-opener, a game that also will mark a new chapter in Green Bay with first-year coach Matt LaFleur.Will LaFleur work well with two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers? The Vikings also will be in the mix, and the Lions are working into their second year under Matt Patricia. Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford can beat anybody, including the Bears and Packers, on any given week. All of that makes this division race even more intriguing than usual.Based on SN’s picks for the entire 2019 NFL season, here are our predictions for the NFC North.NFC SouthPlaceTeamRecord1.New Orleans Saints(13-3)2.Carolina Panthers(8-8)3.Atlanta Falcons(8-8)4.Tampa Bay Buccaneers(3-13)Entering 2019, the NFC South has a strong argument as the best division in the NFL. A deep playoff run for the Saints, Falcons or Panthers should surprise nobody, and the Buccaneers, even in a coaching transition, have enough talent to make some noise of their own.This also makes the NFC South the NFL’s biggest pain to predict. Defending-champion New Orleans is the favorite to win what would be its third consecutive title, but Carolina and Atlanta are a sniff of Saints blood away from chomping at the bit.Three things factored into the Falcons and Panthers both falling to 7-9 last year and allowing the Saints to run away with the division: injuries, injuries and injuries. Will presumed health in Atlanta and Carolina bring the records closer together, or is New Orleans that much more talented than its challengers?Based on SN’s picks for the entire 2019 NFL season, here are our predictions for the NFC South.NFC EastPlaceTeamRecord1.Dallas Cowboys12-42.Philadelphia Eagles11-53.New York Giants4-124.Washington Redskins4-12The NFC East, in line with its recent history, was one of the NFL’s tightest and toughest divisions last season. The Cowboys (10-6) edged out the Eagles (9-7) to take back the division title, while the Redskins (7-9) and Giants (5-11) remained rather competitive.Dallas three seasons ago went 13-3, and Philadelphia is only two years removed from a Super Bowl victory. Those teams will look to maintain their momentum as NFC playoff teams and conference championship contenders, while Washington and New York work to catch up after drafting quarterbacks in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.Based on SN’s picks for the entire 2019 season, here are our predictions for the NFC East.NFC WestPlaceTeamRecord1.Los Angeles Rams(11-5)2.Seattle Seahawks(8-8)3.San Francisco 49ers(8-8)4.Arizona Cardinals(3-13)In many ways, the NFC West in 2019 features new wrinkles that will reshape the division standings as the season progresses. The most notable, of course, are the quarterback developments in San Francisco and Arizona, two bottom-feeder teams from a year ago that have reason for optimism centered around their passers.But, at the same time, the NFC West in 2019 could be more of the same. The Rams, winners of the division in each of the last two seasons, remain loaded in the wake of their Super Bowl run. And at the risk of being overly simplistic, as long as the Seahawks have Russell Wilson making plays at a Pro-Bowl level, Seattle will remain a contender.The two key wild cards in the NFC West are the aforementioned 49ers and Cardinals offenses. Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyler Murray both cracked SN’s list of the QBs with most to prove in 2019, albeit for different reasons. Their successes or failures, combined with the staying power of the Rams and Seahawks, will define this season in the division.Based on SN’s picks for the entire 2019 NFL season, here are our predictions for the NFC West.2019 NFL RANKINGS:QBs | WRs | TEs | Defenders | CoachesNFL predictions 2019: Playoff projectionsAFC wild-card round: Browns over Steelers | Chargers over ColtsMayfield will give the Dawg Pound a win for the ages by out-dueling Big Ben to dispatch the Browns’ hated rivals when it counts.Rivers will get the better of Brissett in a gritty shootout. Defense will play a part, but per usual, superior quarterback play will punch the tickets to the next round.AFC divisional round: Patriots over Browns | Chiefs over ChargersBrady will remind Mayfield of how many rings he has, and Bill Belichick will get his first shot at creating some heartbreak for Cleveland by frustrating Odell Beckham Jr.Mahomes and Rivers will light up the scoreboard in Arrowhead in what should be a spectacular rubber match, with the Arrowhead advantage being the difference in January.AFC championship game: Chiefs over PatriotsThe Chiefs will avoid overtime this time as Mahomes raises his game to sneak past the GOAT with help from the defensive scheme responsible for foiling the Patriots in Super Bowl 42.Andy Reid gets his first conference title and Super Bowl trip in 15 years, and Kansas City gets to play in the big game for the first time in 50 years.MORE: Explaining all AFC playoff picksNFC wild-card round: Packers over Bears | Eagles over RamsGreen Bay will build on its finish ahead of Chicago in the regular season. LaFleur will outwit Matt Nagy, and Rodgers will resurrect his reputation as a big-game quarterback.Philadelphia will prove again it matches up well with LA, leading to a second quick exit in three playoffs for McVay. Wentz will have plenty of moments to prove he is much better than Jared Goff.NFC divisional round: Cowboys over Packers | Saints over EaglesDallas didn’t get its desired outcome in this round as the host against Green Bay a couple years ago, but this time, the Cowboys will grab the lead, build on it and hold it to put the game away. Rodgers will get stuck in a more ground-heavy affair, with the tougher defense deciding who advances.The Saints were pushed by the Eagles in the playoffs last season, but they will find a happy medium between blowout and comeback in what turns out to be a classic, high-scoring game.NFC championship game: Cowboys over SaintsDallas will survive a tough playoff field because it will be the team most adept at winning on both lines of scrimmage while also letting Prescott loose for big plays. Trading conservatism for more aggressiveness overall will change the results in Dallas from good to great.The Cowboys have been to the playoffs 10 times since they last won the Super Bowl 24 long years ago. Much to the delight of Jerry Jones, they will take full advantage of their first NFC championship appearance since 1995.The Cowboys are a tough matchup for the Saints because they bring the right brand of physicality. While New Orleans thinks about what could have been yet again, Jason Garrett will finally stop hearing about what could have been had Jones landed Sean Payton as Dallas’ coach, instead.MORE: Explaining all NFC playoff picksNFL predictions 2019: Super Bowl pickSuper Bowl 54: Cowboys 31, Chiefs 27The NFL is screaming for a “new” Super Bowl. SN’s prediction for the 2019 season would be exactly that.What better way to end the NFL’s 100th season than to see the Chiefs try to win their first Super Bowl in 50 years before the Cowboys win their first in 24 years? The upcoming season is about tapping into professional football’s history but also fast-forwarding to its future.MORE SUPER BOWL PREDICTIONS:Why Kellen Moore is the key | The ripple effects of a Cowboys titleHeadlined by Andy Reid vs. Jason Garrett and Patrick Mahomes vs. Dak Prescott, this Super Bowl matchup would represent the best of the game’s new school and old school, offense and defense. The fact that these are two potentially great teams that look good on the marquee, too, doesn’t hurt. With so many marquee teams operating with legitimate hope for success, and with a handful of star players beginning fresh eras with new franchises, the 2019 NFL season is ripe for the kind of drama and excitement that’s worthy of the league’s celebration of its 100th year.Many of the NFL’s most popular teams — the Cowboys, Steelers, Packers, 49ers and Bears, just to name a few — are Super Bowl contenders. Big names like Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. have the Jets, Raiders and Browns, respectively, thinking they can make runs to the postseason, too.last_img read more

Perera’s century proves vital

first_imgBy Russell Bennett WGCA PREMIER DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 6 (Day one) A crucial century from skipper Bathiya Perera took…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin Cap Regular Season on ESPN3

first_imgIn the men’s game, Sam Houston State enters the contest with a 24-6 overall mark and a 15-2 conference record while Stephen F. Austin is 26-4 overall and 16-1 in league play. The Bearkats will be looking to claim of share of the regular-season while the Lumberjacks will hope to win the crown outright. This will be the second meeting between the two schools with the Lumberjacks earning a 79-68 win in Huntsville, Texas, Jan. 24. FRISCO, Texas – Saturday’s Sam Houston State vs. Stephen F. Austin basketball games will be featured live on ESPN3 from William R. Johnson Coliseum in Nacogdoches, Texas. The women’s game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. CST, followed by the men’s matchup at 6:30 p.m. CST. Stephen F. Austin enters the game riding a 10-game winning streak with its last loss coming against Sam Houston. SFA is undefeated on its home court during conference play and has only one home loss during non-conference. The team leads all Southland schools with a 43.6 shooting percentage from field goal range, 5.2 blocks per contest and 15.5 assists per game throughout league play. Senior center Porsha Roberts is leading the team with 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game throughout league action. Roberts ranks second in the NCAA in field goal percentage shooting 63.3 percent from the floor. Tierany Henderson is also making an impact for the Ladyjacks with 11.3 points and 6.5 boards per conference contest. Sam Houston is the league’s top defensive team, surrendering only 58.2 points per game while its offense puts up an impressive 74.7 points per game. The Bearkats’ +16.5 point scoring margin is tops in the league. The Bearkats, who are in search of their first Southland regular-season title since 2010, are led by an experience group of seniors, who have led the Bearkats to 78 victories during their time in Huntsville. DeMarcus Gatlin, Michael Holyfield, Marquel McKinney, Jabari Peters and Kaheem Ransom have combined to score 3,324 points for the Bearkats in the past four seasons. This season, Gatlin leads the Bearkats with 11.0 points per game followed by Ransom (10.2) and Peters (9.5). Holyfield averages 8.4 points per contest while McKinney is scoring 2.0 points per game. In the first meeting with SFA, Gatlin led the Sam Houston offensive attack with 15 points. Sam Houston State has lost its last seven games and is looking to break the trend with hopes of edging into the top eight for a spot in the conference tournament. The Bearkats feature junior guard Shernise Robertson who is the Southland’s leading scorer with 21.9 per contest throughout the season. The Cypress, Texas, native is shooting 84.6 percent from the free-throw line with 170 made shots on 201 attempts. Sophomore guard Taylor Dorsey is another key player for Sam Houston with 12.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. In the women’s contest, Stephen F. Austin enters the final game of the regular season 22-6 overall and 15-2 in conference play while Sam Houston State is 6-21 overall and 5-12 in league action. The Ladyjacks sit at the top of the standings as Sam Houston is fighting for a spot in the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas, March 12-15. The two teams battled on Jan. 24 with the Bearkats taking a one-point victory, 65-64, in Huntsville, Texas. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually.  It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  SFA is looking to claim its third consecutive outright regular-season title with a win over Sam Houston. The Lumberjacks currently hold the second-best scoring defense in the conference, giving up only 64.2 points per game, while their offense is third in the league with 79.5 points per game. The Lumberjacks are led by junior Thomas Walkup, who ranks seventh in the league in scoring (15.4), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8), 10th in rebounding (6.3) and 11th in assists (3.5). Also leading the charge for SFA senior Jacob Parker, the reigning conference player of the year. Parker averages 14.7 points per game and leads the conference with a 47.7 shooting percentage from behind the arc. In the win against Sam Houston earlier in the year, SFA had four players in double figures with Walkup leading the way with 17 points followed by Ty Charles (16), Clude Geddrard (15) and Parker (13). Lincoln Rose will handle play-by-play duties. He will be joined courtside by color analyst Van Chancellor, a 2007 inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Chris Mycoskie is set to host the MidSouth Bank Halftime Report during both games. The network is currently available to more than 99 million homes at no additional cost to fans that receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks. This is the last of eight regular season Southland Conference doubleheaders on ESPN3. Coverage of the league’s tournaments begins next week, with men’s and women’s first and second round games on the Southland Digital Network, available via Southland.org/watch and the Southland Conference app. ESPN3 takes over for the men’s and women’s semifinals. The men’s championship will be available on ESPN2 Saturday, followed by the women’s championship on CBS Sports Network Sunday.last_img read more

Ronaldo a Real superstar, Bale a fading light

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo still Real’s shining superstar with Bale now a fading light Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:39 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Eibar La Liga Getty Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Opinion The Portuguese scored both goals to give Los Blancos a hard-fought win at Eibar, in what was another disappointing afternoon for the Welsh winger Cristiano Ronaldo’s rise continues. The 33-year-old was on target twice to give Real Madrid all three points at Eibar on Saturday. But, alongside him in attack, these are trying times for Gareth Bale.The Portuguese made the difference again. His fantastic form in 2018 is quite a contrast to his struggles in front of goal in the Primera Division earlier on in the season. In the first half of the campaign, he netted only four times. But now, in early March and despite the occasional rest, he has already added 14 more.Three goals against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League – two at the Santiago Bernabeu and one at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday –  also helped Zinedine Zidane’s side secure their place in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition. Cristiano is well and truly back to doing what he does best. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 But amid Ronaldo’s rise, Bale’s star is fading at Real. The Welsh winger was willing at Eibar on Saturday, but struggled to make an impact in the tight spaces of a small playing surface at Ipurua.It was one of those afternoons for the 28-year-old. Whatever he tried did not really seem to come off. His movement was sometimes slow, while he cut an isolated figure and there appeared to be a lack of communication with his team-mates too. He also missed the target with a header from close range.Bale did not start either of the games against PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League and is clearly falling down the pecking order at Madrid. And, although he is still being used by Zidane in some fixtures, it is a much more secondary role for the former Tottenham man these days.A three-time Champions League winner since his €100 million move from White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013, Bale has been hampered by injuries during his time in Spain and his impressive early-season sparkle has also gone in recent weeks.”He is in a team where there are many players and sometimes he hasn’t played,” Zidane said on Friday. “He is fundamental for us and he will be until the end of the season, just like the others. There is nothing more.Eibar Real Madrid score“I have to pick a team every three days and that is what I am doing. It is not a problem for him because we talk. He knows where he is and that all of the players are important. You [the media] want to look for a problem, but there is no problem. Gareth is important, but there are other important players.”That message, however, is very similar to how Zidane used to speak of James Rodriguez, who was ultimately sent away to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan after finding his opportunities limited under the French coach.It is also quite different to Zidane’s initial message on arrival as coach at Real, when he would not reveal his preferences in terms of team selection, but said: “The idea is to play with the three (Ronaldo, Bale and Karim Benzema) in attack.”Gareth Bale Real Madrid EibarThat is no longer the case, with Zidane also opting for 4-4-2 in recent times and Bale, despite finishing the game on Saturday wide left – the position where he made his name at Spurs – was unable to shine once again.So, while Ronaldo remains as important as ever with his goals for Los Blancos, the Welshman’s influence continues to fade at Real Madrid.last_img read more

Is football in the Commonwealth Games?

first_imgPremier League Is football in the Commonwealth Games? Goal 02:45 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane England Getty Images Premier League UEFA Europa League The 2018 Commonwealth Games will begin on April 4 and end on April 15, but is football included in the competition? It’s taken four years, but the 2018 Commonwealth Games are now finally on the horizon.England were runaway leaders in Glasgow in the 2014 games with a total of 174 medals, 58 of which were gold, and will be hoping for a repeat performance this time round.But what is the event, who is competing, and will football be included in the schedule? Goal takes a look. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 What is the Commonwealth Games?The first Commonwealth Games was held in 1930 and was marketed as an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.John Astley Cooper, who first proposed the idea of the event in 1891, wanted a ‘Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican Contest and Festival every four years as a means of increasing goodwill and good understanding of the British Empire’. Indeed, the Commonwealth is held every four years, with the last taking place in Glasgow, Scotland 2014.There have been a variety of Commonwealth editions, including the ‘British Empire Games’, the ‘British Empire and Commonwealth Games’, the ‘British Commonwealth Games’, and simply ‘the Commonwealth Games’ as we now know it.The Commonwealth Winter Games ran from 1958 until 1966, the Commonwealth Youth Games have been held every year since 2000, while Para-sports were introduced in 1994 for athletes with a disability before they were included as full members for their national teams in 2002.Where and when is the 2018 Commonwealth Games?The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on Wednesday April 5 and will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The games will come to a close on Sunday April 15.Australia, all-time leaders in the medal table with 852 golds, will host the games for the fifth time in its history.Is football in the Commonwealth Games?Harry Kane Jordan Henderson EnglandIn short, no. A minimum of ten core sports and maximum of seventeen sports must be included in any Commonwealth Games schedule, with the current list including athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball (for women), rugby sevens, squash, swimming and weightlifting.There are also nine para-sports, in this case swimming, athletics, cycling, table tennis, powerlifting, lawn bowls, and a triathalon. On March 8 2016, Beach Volleyball was also officially included in the event list.While football, along with billiards, fencing, and golf, are recognised Commonwealth Games Federation sports, hosts may not select them as official events as the are deemed to ‘need expansion’.With the games running through the middle of April, too, it would not make sense for European club players to participate due to their domestic seasons and with the 2018 World Cup kicking off in the summer.Which sports are played at the Commonwealth Games?The official list of sports included in the 2018 Commonwealth Games is as followed: Sports  Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach volleyball Boxing Mountain biking Road cycling Track cycling Diving Artistic Gymnastics Rhythmic Gymnastics Hockey Lawn bowls Netball Powerlifting Rugby sevens Shooting Squash Swimming Table tennis Triathlon Weightlifting Wrestling Where and when is the 2018 Commonwealth Games?The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on Wednesday April 5 and will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The games will come to a close on Sunday April 15.Australia, all-time leaders in the medal table with 852 golds, will host the games for the fifth time in its history.Commonwealth Games venuesMain arena Carrara Stadium will host both ceremonies and the athletics, while the vast majority of events will take place in the host city Gold Coast.Some other events require facilities located elsewhere, however. Venue Sport Capacity Carrara Stadium Athletics, Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony 40,000 Robina Stadium Rugby 7s 27,500 Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Swimming, Diving 10,000/2,500 Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre Gymnastics, Netball (finals) 7,500 Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Basketball (finals), Netball (preliminaries) 5,000 Gold Coast Hockey Centre Hockey 5,000 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre Badminton, Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Wrestling 5,000 Oxenford Studios Boxing, Table Tennis 2,500/2,750 Runaway Bay Sports Centre Squash 3,000 Broadbeach Bowls Club Lawn bowling 2,500 Carrara Indoor Stadium Weightlifting 2,500 Southport Broadwater Parklands Marathon, Racewalking, Triathlon 2,500 Elanora/Currumbin Valley Road cycling N/A Nerang National Park Mountain Biking 2,000 Queen Elizabeth Park[3] Beach Volleyball 4,000 Venue outside of Gold Coast Sport Capacity Cairns Convention Centre Basketball (preliminaries) 5,000 Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre Basketball (preliminaries) 5,000 Anna Meares Velodrome Track cycling 4,000 Belmont, Queensland Shooting 3,000 Which nations will compete in the Commonwealth Games? AFRICA AMERICAS ASIA CARIBBEAN EUROPE OCEANIA Botswana Bahamas Bangladesh Anguilla Cyprus Australia Cameroon Belize Brunei Darussalam Antigua and Barbuda England Cook Islands Ghana Bermuda India Barbados Gibraltar Fiji Kenya Canada Malaysia British Virgin Islands Guernsey Kiribati Lesotho Falkland Pakistan Cayman Islands Isle of Man Nauru Malawi Islands Singapore Dominica Jersey New Zealand Mauritius Guyana Sri Lanka Grenada Malta Niue Mozambique St. Helena   Jamaica Northern Ireland Norfolk Island Namibia     Montserrat Scotland Papua New Guinea Nigeria     Saint Lucia Wales Samoa Rwanda     St. Kitts & Nevis   Solomon Islands Seychelles     St. Vincent & The Grenadines   Tonga Sierra Leone     Trinidad & Tobago   Tuvalu South Africa     Turks & Caicos Islands   Vanuatu Swaziland           Tanzania           Uganda           Zambia           Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

OSU Offensive Line Target Jaylan Jeffers Commits to Oregon

first_imgThe 6-foot-6, 260 pound tackle from Saguaro visited OSU back in June on an official basis as part of a visit-spree that included Colorado and Oregon, but Eugene and all it has to offer made a strong impression on him.“They all have great energy all the time,” he told Oregon Live. “The players love to be there. It’s not a one-sided thing, where a few people are bought in. It seems like everybody is pretty bought in.”Since offering him a scholarship this spring, OSU has planted seeds elsewhere, especially in recent weeks as it became apparent he was leaning heavily in favor of Oregon. While OSU has three OL commitments in the 2020 class, it’s likely they’ll take at least one more — ideally at the tackle spot to complement guard pledges Trent Pullen and Eli Russ as well as tackle commit Cade Bennett. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In a stunningly well-done video posted to his Twitter on Wednesday, Arizona offensive line recruit Jaylan Jeffers, a three-star prospect who has been on OSU’s radar since the spring, committed to Oregon over OSU, LSU, Arizona State, Michigan and others.Jeffers said in his video he’s been to a number of great places and even mashed up some OSU film, but, he said, “There was one place that really stood out.”COMMITTED‼️ pic.twitter.com/angaejvslv— Jaylan Jeffers (@jaylan_jeffers) July 30, 2019last_img read more

Spencer Sanders Talks Family, Faith and His Love for Small-Town Life

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Friday, the Oklahoma State football Twitter account shared a Dru Brown mini-feature, but Saturday, it was Spencer Sander’s turn.What really matters to @SpenceSanders. #GoPokes #okstate pic.twitter.com/ExZAYsK6Vg— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) July 27, 2019As with Brown, Sanders mentions his family and faith before going into details about what he likes about OSU and Stillwater. He also talks a great deal about leadership.“This culture here, this environment that is surrounded just off of this university, fits me perfectly,” Sanders said. “Coming here and learning from these coaching staffs and just listening to all these motivational speeches, I’ve learned that everything I thought I couldn’t do or the things that I let stop me is just a mental fear.“I have to be the best leader that I can be for this team because if I’m slacking in my role, I could give a chain reaction to slack somewhere else. I don’t want to be that type of influence on anybody on this team. I want to be known for a great leader, and I want my teammates to come to me for anything that they want to talk about. And I’ll always be there for them.”Sanders also brought up the fact that he didn’t see the field at all in 2018, despite being such a highly touted recruit.“I know a lot of people wanted me to play last year, and I thank them for that, but I feel like last year really helped me grow as a person,” Sanders said. “To show me that there is more to football than just football. It helped me become a leader and a better person for my family and the people around me.”last_img read more

Gundy on the Pros and Cons of Having Two Quarterbacks Entering the Season

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. STILLWATER — The Cowboys’ season opener against Oregon State is 17 days out, and the Pokes have yet to name a starting quarterback.OSU coach Mike Gundy met with the media Tuesday, where the quarterbacks weren’t made available, and Gundy said nothing is different in regards to the quarterback race from his last meeting with reporters. Gundy said what he has said throughout the process this fall: Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown are getting better each day.Gundy was asked when the duo splitting practice reps starts to become a concern.“It started last spring,” Gundy said. “And it doesn’t go away for me. Mine and Sean (Gleeson’s) opinion hasn’t changed. If you clearly have a player that’s better than the other, you play him. If not, you have to play both guys. History tells you that you’re gonna end up playing both of them anyway.”In the past Gundy has needed multiple quarterbacks because of injury, but it hasn’t been that way recently. In the past three seasons, OSU’s backup quarterback hasn’t thrown more than 10 passes.From 2012 to 2015, though, Gundy has needed at least two guys.2015: Gundy used Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh, using Walsh more as a short-yardage guy. Walsh also started that seasons Bedlam game for an injured Rudolph.2014: Walsh played only two games before missing the season with injury. That started the short Daxx Garman era. Garman appeared in nine games that season before falling to the injury bug, which started Rudolph’s career as a true freshman.2013: This was the last time Gundy had a quarterback battle to the level that he is having now. Clint Chelf played in 12 games and Walsh played in eight. Chelf threw 291 balls that year to Walsh’s 190.2012: This was the three-headed dragon year of Chelf, Walsh and Wes Lunt. All three had multiple starts that season, and all three missed games entirely.Brandon Weeden was OSU’s starter all season in 2010 and 2011, and in 2009, Zac Robinson started every game except the Colorado game, where Alex Cate started the game, threw nine incompletions and an interception before making way for Weeden.So, in the past 10 years, OSU’s starting quarterback has made it all the way through the season five times, and OSU needed its backup quarterback five times (even if it was just for a game i.e. 2015 and 2009).There is data there to back up whatever side of the fence one leans toward, but there is enough evidence to support Gundy’s claim of needing two guys at some point. If there was only a 50 percent chance a starting quarterback started every game in a season, a coach would probably feel a lot more comfortable having another solid option.So, why aren’t two-quarterback systems more common?“Reps,” Gundy said. “You just don’t have enough reps to go around. … The only time we’ve ever done it is if we’re using a short-yardage guy, with the exception of Chelf and J.W. that one year because we didn’t have a clue who would be the best player.”And while it might be a good thing OSU has two guys given a possibility of injury, Gundy said the advantage of having two similar style quarterbacks sharing reps heading into the year stops there.“If it’s not a short-yardage type, nah,” Gundy said. “I don’t think so. These two guys are kind of the same. If you had two guys and one was like Mason Rudolph and one was a runner, then it’s a little different game plan. So, if he comes in, you gotta be ready for this. If he’s in, you don’t have to be ready for this, but you gotta be ready for that. I don’t really think it’s much of an advantage in my opinion. Defensive coaches may tell you different, but to me, I don’t think so.”last_img read more