With the third and final Bledisloe Cup encounter for 2018 drawing ever closer, in partnership with Sage, premium partner of the Invictus Games, we look at how a greater sense of accountability in the forwards can help Australia match it with the All Blacks. I can remember the first time I watched the Wallabies live, as clear and crisp as a West Country autumn day. It was late October in the heart of Exeter city centre as I walked towards the County Stadium, where the match between the South and South-West Division and Australia was due to be held. There were four of us then, a group of rugby-playing university students kicking up pillows of dry russet leaves and expectation into the air, with whoops of pleasure – our breath freezing in wreaths immediately as it gushed out into the cold air. The County Stadium itself was a flat patch of grass circled by an old dog track, now more often used for the heavy bikes of Speedway. We stood on the grass bank opposite the main stand, hoping … [Read more...] about What the Wallabies must do to prevail in Bledisloe 3
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A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size All football fans in Australia agree on one premise: things must change as soon as possible. Now, the problem is to identify what really needs to be changed. Should there be an aggressive expansion? Should we implement a second division with a promotion and relegation system? Should the league have a different format? Strangely, there are few who demand greater integration with the Asian continent. That is quite necessary if you really want to transform football in this country. There were high expectations when Football Federation Australia joined the Asian Confederation in 2006. Finally, the project by which many passionate spokesmen of this sport – like Johnny Warren or Andrew Detre – worked so hard and made their dream become a reality. Unfortunately, the FFA never could (or wanted to) benefit from this relationship. At a time when the Asian major leagues like the J-League or the Chinese … [Read more...] about Asia is the future for the A-League
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Brooke Lea Foster April 09, 2015 WHEN ANA BARROS first stepped into Harvard Yard as a freshman, she felt so out of place she might as well have had the words “low income” written on her forehead. A girl from Newark doesn’t belong in a place like Harvard, she thought, as she marveled at how green the elms were, how quaint the cobblestone streets. Back home, where her family lives in a modest house bought from Habitat for Humanity, there wasn’t always money for groceries, and the world seemed gray, sirens blaring at all hours. Her parents, who immigrated to the New York area from Colombia before she was born, spoke Spanish at home. It was at school that Barros learned English. A petite 5-foot-2 with high cheekbones and a head of model-worthy hair, Barros found out in an e-mail that she’d been accepted to Harvard — a full … [Read more...] about What is it like to be poor at an Ivy League school?
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Tues., July 3, 2018 Hey, welcome back to mail! Feels weird to be doing this on a weekday but these are unusual times and I’m still trying to figure things out. And sometime soon, I hope I do. Until then, here’s this, I’ll get to deciding what days work best this week on my limited return and we’ll let you know. Have fun. Q: Hello Doug, Article Continued Below First off, welcome back! It’s great to have you as part of the almost daily routine again. It just feels right. I notice that eventually the Star will go behind a paywall. You can pass on to the tall foreheads that the main reason I will fork over the dough is to be able to read you. Hopefully that will help you add a few more pennies to your coffers. All the best on your road to recovery. Santino A: I appreciate that very much. And, yes, we are headed toward a subscription-based service – I don’t have any more … [Read more...] about Mailbag: Sports fans should learn to just enjoy the moment
Welcome to our annual list of high school students who ranked at the top of their graduating class. We got responses this year from 84 schools, public and private, in St. Paul, nearby suburbs and western Wisconsin. Schools were asked to send us the names of their high achievers — however they define them. Some schools use the “valedictorian” and “salutatorian” distinctions. Others designate “highest honors” or degrees of “cum laude” or a percentage of the senior class. Schools submitting 10 names or fewer are invited to ask their students for an inspirational quote, and as ever, students cited words from a range of historic and contemporary writers, musicians and artists, political figures, scientists and celebrities. One pulled inspiration from the 1800s, with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice to “Finish each day and be done with it, you have done what you could. …Tomorrow is a new day, begin it well and with too high … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2018: High achievers and words that inspired them