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Australian soccer coach freed after hostage ordeal in Yemen - The Sydney Morning Herald

An Australian soccer coach held hostage in Yemen since October has been released.

Craig McAllister has been reported as safe and well following months of what Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called "patient work" by the Australian government.

Craig McAllister was kidnapped in October. Craig McAllister was kidnapped in October. Photo: Yemen Post/Twitter

"I deeply appreciate the efforts of officials from across government – who continue to provide the family assistance – and of many other parties in Australia and overseas," Ms Bishop said.

"I particularly thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, the Sultan of Oman, for Oman's work to locate and receive the Australian national into Oman."

Ms Bishop said the government would not be making further comment to protect other Australians who remain captive overseas, or face the risk of kidnapping.

Mr McAllister's family have asked for privacy.

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Sydney soccer clash incident free: police - 9news.com.au

Football fans confronted with increased security at ANZ Stadium for the Sydney FC clash against English football giants Liverpool have been reassured by measures taken by police.

Following the UK terror attack at Manchester Arena on Monday, extra police patrolled ANZ Stadium and no incidents were reported at the game, police say.

While there was no specific threat for Wednesday night's clash, police conducted security assessments and implemented plans with event organisers and agencies to ensure the community was kept safe.

"I spoke to the commander himself this morning and he has assured me that they are looking closely at all the threats, as we would normally," NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told reporters in Sydney before the game on Wednesday.

"We have increased patrols, only on the basis that the community feels safe."

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China gets tough on soccer transfer rules - Wide World of Sports

China are to tighten rules over their domestic soccer teams splashing out on high-profile players, creating potential obstacles for clubs making splashy signings on overseas players.

Chinese clubs that are "loss-making", now a large portion of domestic teams, will have to match any expenditure on player transfers by investing the same amount into a soccer development fund, China's soccer association said late on Wednesday.

The new rule, which will be introduced from this year's summer transfer window, is aimed at bringing down soaring price tags on transfers and to support local players, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said.

Chinese soccer, though still far behind regions like Europe in terms of its overall global standing, has been a major driver of the recent soccer transfer market amid a broad push to invest in overseas clubs, sports academies and top players.

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Don't hate the player: Wagga soccer club stands behind transgender team member - Daily Advertiser

Wagga United captain: Holly's just fitted in so well, she’s become part of the family

MAKING A STAND: Wagga United player Holly Conroy, captain Jes Smith and Holly's reserve grade coach Keith Ramsay training at Duke of Kent Oval this week. Picture: Les Smith

MAKING A STAND: Wagga United player Holly Conroy, captain Jes Smith and Holly's reserve grade coach Keith Ramsay training at Duke of Kent Oval this week. Picture: Les Smith

WITH open arms, Wagga United has welcomed a transgender player to its ranks, a decision that has been met with hostility by some community members, who believe Holly Conroy should not be playing in the women’s soccer competition.

On Tuesday an online punter directed a nasty comment, that was quickly removed, towards Conroy on a Daily Advertiser soccer story that made no mention of her.

Conroy, compelled to prevent further hostility, has defended her choice to play.

“If I went and competed in a martial arts tournament right now, I’d probably cop a lot of flak, I’d still hold quite an advantage over female opponents,” she...


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Pulisic: US soccer has 'so much potential' - ESPN FC

The guys discuss the Liga MX final and salary difference in MLS, and Derek Rae discusses Americans' success in Germany.
Herculez Gomez and Mark Donaldson delve into why American players find homes in the Bundesliga more so than other leagues in Europe.
Herculez Gomez doesn't buy the idea that Christian Pulisic is the future of world football.

United States international Christian Pulisic believes the future is bright for American soccer.

Borussia Dortmund winger Pulisic, 18, told The Guardian he is encouraged by the sport's progress in his nation, who reached the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup but face a fight to qualify for 2018, and is predicting that Bruce Arena's side will be a force in years to come.

"It's been big flaw of ours in the soccer department that a lot of our best athletes go and play other sports," he said. "But I think young players have seen me, and...


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Soccer Gala Day - Western Advocate

OVER 100 students from Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon, Blayney and Gulgong competed in the inaugural Assumption Soccer Gala Day

OVER 100 students from Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon, Blayney and Gulgong competed in the inaugural Assumption Soccer Gala Day. The event was held at Proctor Park last week, with teams playing five short games.

SOCCER STARS: Ava Nicholls and Grace Perceval, from St Patrick's Lithgow, were among the competitors at Proctor Park for the Gala Soccer Day.

SOCCER STARS: Ava Nicholls and Grace Perceval, from St Patrick's Lithgow, were among the competitors at Proctor Park for the Gala Soccer Day.

SOCCER DAY: Grace Kemp, Jess Macauley and Zara Peck, at the Gala Soccer Day at Proctor Park last week.

SOCCER DAY: Grace Kemp, Jess Macauley and Zara Peck, at the Gala Soccer Day at Proctor Park last week.

FUN TIMES: Regan Stait, David Wardle and Billy Wilson had a great day at the Gala Soccer Day.

FUN TIMES: Regan Stait, David Wardle and Billy Wilson had a great day at the Gala Soccer Day.

ST PHIL'S: Students from St Phil's in Bathurst taking a break in between games at the Gala Soccer Day.

ST PHIL'S: Students from St Phil's in Bathurst taking a break in between games at the Gala Soccer Day.

HELPING OUT: MacKillop College students Claudia Coker, Sara Faraj, Chloe Johns, Emma Bromhead and Zoey Wade helped out umpiring on the day.

HELPING OUT: MacKillop College students Claudia Coker, Sara Faraj, Chloe Johns, Emma Bromhead and Zoey Wade helped out...


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Australian soccer coach freed after hostage ordeal in Yemen - The Sydney Morning Herald

An Australian soccer coach held hostage in Yemen since October has been released.

Craig McAllister has been reported as safe and well following months of what Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called "patient work" by the Australian government.

Craig McAllister was kidnapped in October. Craig McAllister was kidnapped in October. Photo: Yemen Post/Twitter

"I deeply appreciate the efforts of officials from across government – who continue to provide the family assistance – and of many other parties in Australia and overseas," Ms Bishop said.

"I particularly thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, the Sultan of Oman, for Oman's work to locate and receive the Australian national into Oman."

Ms Bishop said the government would not be making further comment to protect other Australians who remain captive overseas, or face the risk of kidnapping.

Mr McAllister's family have asked for privacy.

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China gets tough on soccer transfer rules - Wide World of Sports

China are to tighten rules over their domestic soccer teams splashing out on high-profile players, creating potential obstacles for clubs making splashy signings on overseas players.

Chinese clubs that are "loss-making", now a large portion of domestic teams, will have to match any expenditure on player transfers by investing the same amount into a soccer development fund, China's soccer association said late on Wednesday.

The new rule, which will be introduced from this year's summer transfer window, is aimed at bringing down soaring price tags on transfers and to support local players, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said.

Chinese soccer, though still far behind regions like Europe in terms of its overall global standing, has been a major driver of the recent soccer transfer market amid a broad push to invest in overseas clubs, sports academies and top players.

A spate of...


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Sydney soccer clash incident free: police - 9news.com.au

Football fans confronted with increased security at ANZ Stadium for the Sydney FC clash against English football giants Liverpool have been reassured by measures taken by police.

Following the UK terror attack at Manchester Arena on Monday, extra police patrolled ANZ Stadium and no incidents were reported at the game, police say.

While there was no specific threat for Wednesday night's clash, police conducted security assessments and implemented plans with event organisers and agencies to ensure the community was kept safe.

"I spoke to the commander himself this morning and he has assured me that they are looking closely at all the threats, as we would normally," NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told reporters in Sydney before the game on Wednesday.

"We have increased patrols, only on the basis that the community feels safe."

Fans were told to be vigilant and report anything that...


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Kith Collaborated With Adidas on Professional Soccer and Lifestyle Gear - Vogue.com

Florencia Galarza in Kith x Adidas SoccerPhoto: Nolan Persons

If you’re familiar with Kith, New York’s sneaker and streetwear mecca, you know it’s into collaborations. Founder Ronnie Fieg has partnered with everyone from Off-White’s Virgil Abloh to ’90s TV shows like Power Rangers and Rugrats. Kith’s newest collaboration will surprise you, too, but not because it’s particularly unlikely: The brand has teamed up with Adidas Soccer on a collection that combines Kith’s specialty lifestyle pieces with real, professional soccer gear, like cleats, soccer shorts, and jerseys.

For Kith devotees, this is big news. Its stores have never been a source for actual performance apparel; those limited-edition lilac sneakers on the wall aren’t exactly meant for running. The idea for a true soccer collection started with real-life soccer star Florencia Galarza. As the captain of Kith’s soccer...


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Pulisic: US soccer has 'so much potential' - ESPN FC

The guys discuss the Liga MX final and salary difference in MLS, and Derek Rae discusses Americans' success in Germany.
Herculez Gomez and Mark Donaldson delve into why American players find homes in the Bundesliga more so than other leagues in Europe.
Herculez Gomez doesn't buy the idea that Christian Pulisic is the future of world football.

United States international Christian Pulisic believes the future is bright for American soccer.

Borussia Dortmund winger Pulisic, 18, told The Guardian he is encouraged by the sport's progress in his nation, who reached the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup but face a fight to qualify for 2018, and is predicting that Bruce Arena's side will be a force in years to come.

"It's been big flaw of ours in the soccer department that a lot of our best athletes go and play other sports," he said. "But I think young players have seen me, and...


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Soccer Gala Day - Western Advocate

OVER 100 students from Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon, Blayney and Gulgong competed in the inaugural Assumption Soccer Gala Day

OVER 100 students from Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon, Blayney and Gulgong competed in the inaugural Assumption Soccer Gala Day. The event was held at Proctor Park last week, with teams playing five short games.

SOCCER STARS: Ava Nicholls and Grace Perceval, from St Patrick's Lithgow, were among the competitors at Proctor Park for the Gala Soccer Day.

SOCCER STARS: Ava Nicholls and Grace Perceval, from St Patrick's Lithgow, were among the competitors at Proctor Park for the Gala Soccer Day.

SOCCER DAY: Grace Kemp, Jess Macauley and Zara Peck, at the Gala Soccer Day at Proctor Park last week.

SOCCER DAY: Grace Kemp, Jess Macauley and Zara Peck, at the Gala Soccer Day at Proctor Park last week.

FUN TIMES: Regan Stait, David Wardle and Billy Wilson had a great day at the Gala Soccer Day.

FUN TIMES: Regan Stait, David Wardle and Billy Wilson had a great day at the Gala Soccer Day.

ST PHIL'S: Students from St Phil's in Bathurst taking a break in between games at the Gala Soccer Day.

ST PHIL'S: Students from St Phil's in Bathurst taking a break in between games at the Gala Soccer Day.

HELPING OUT: MacKillop College students Claudia Coker, Sara Faraj, Chloe Johns, Emma Bromhead and Zoey Wade helped out umpiring on the day.

HELPING OUT: MacKillop College students Claudia Coker, Sara Faraj, Chloe Johns, Emma Bromhead and Zoey Wade helped out...


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Premier Soccer Institute wants to help kids get active - BarrieToday

A new soccer organization aims to stop the soccer drop out rate in Simcoe County. 

Premier Soccer Institute says there’s a physical literacy epidemic with Canadian children rated among the least active in world in 2016. Despite the importance of activity to overall health, teens and tweens are dropping out of organized sports at an alarming rate. In Simcoe and Huronia over the last three years there has been a 30 per cent decline in soccer program participation across the region.

“It’s an alarming statistic and one that could be helped by getting our children adept in physical education early on,” said Raymond Wright, Director of Barrie’s Premier Soccer Institute (PSI). “I would like to be able to contribute to increasing thatnumber of participants in soccer by 50 per cent in the next two to five years.”

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Australian soccer coach freed after hostage ordeal in Yemen - The Sydney Morning Herald

An Australian soccer coach held hostage in Yemen since October has been released.

Craig McAllister has been reported as safe and well following months of what Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called "patient work" by the Australian government.

Craig McAllister was kidnapped in October. Craig McAllister was kidnapped in October. Photo: Yemen Post/Twitter

"I deeply appreciate the efforts of officials from across government – who continue to provide the family assistance – and of many other parties in Australia and overseas," Ms Bishop said.

"I particularly thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, the Sultan of Oman, for Oman's work to locate and receive the Australian national into Oman."

Ms Bishop said the government would not be making further comment to protect other Australians who remain captive overseas, or face the risk of kidnapping.

Mr McAllister's family have asked for privacy.

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China gets tough on soccer transfer rules - Wide World of Sports

China are to tighten rules over their domestic soccer teams splashing out on high-profile players, creating potential obstacles for clubs making splashy signings on overseas players.

Chinese clubs that are "loss-making", now a large portion of domestic teams, will have to match any expenditure on player transfers by investing the same amount into a soccer development fund, China's soccer association said late on Wednesday.

The new rule, which will be introduced from this year's summer transfer window, is aimed at bringing down soaring price tags on transfers and to support local players, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said.

Chinese soccer, though still far behind regions like Europe in terms of its overall global standing, has been a major driver of the recent soccer transfer market amid a broad push to invest in overseas clubs, sports academies and top players.

A spate of...


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Read more: China gets tough on soccer transfer rules - Wide World of Sports

Sydney soccer clash incident free: police - 9news.com.au

Football fans confronted with increased security at ANZ Stadium for the Sydney FC clash against English football giants Liverpool have been reassured by measures taken by police.

Following the UK terror attack at Manchester Arena on Monday, extra police patrolled ANZ Stadium and no incidents were reported at the game, police say.

While there was no specific threat for Wednesday night's clash, police conducted security assessments and implemented plans with event organisers and agencies to ensure the community was kept safe.

"I spoke to the commander himself this morning and he has assured me that they are looking closely at all the threats, as we would normally," NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told reporters in Sydney before the game on Wednesday.

"We have increased patrols, only on the basis that the community feels safe."

Fans were told to be vigilant and report anything that...


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Home Sports College Soccer: Former Parkway star Funderburk enjoying life as a Lady Rafter; team... - Bossier Press-Tribune Online

Former Parkway star Funderburk enjoying life as a Lady Rafter;                        team plays first home game Friday

When former Parkway star Sara Funderburk learned there was going to be a local Women’s Premier Soccer League expansion team, she knew it was something she wanted to be a a part of.

Funderburk, who just completed her freshman year at LSU, is enjoying her experience as a member of the Shreveport Lady Rafters FC so far. The “Rafters’ experience has been FANTASTIC!!” Funderburk wrote in a Facebook message. “I love the coaching staff very much. They really know what they are doing and know just what to do to help us come back stronger in the second half when we don’t really show up for the first half.

“I love every single one of my teammates and would do anything for them. They are great people and many of them are girls I used to play with in club and high school. I...


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Manchester soccer giants donate $1.3M to emergency fund - InformNNY

(CNN) - English soccer giants Manchester United and Manchester City have come together to donate £1 million ($1.3 million) to the emergency fund set up following Monday's terror attack in the city.

It's now been confirmed that 22 people -- including children -- were killed in the bomb blast at an Ariana Grande concert and a further 64 have been injured.

The hashtag #ACityUnited was created to show solidarity between Manchester's two rival teams, boosting the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund by £2 million in the past 24 hours. The fund is designed to help victims and families affected by the attack.

"We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack," said Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

"The hope of both our clubs is that our donation will go some small...


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Judah vs. the Machines: Robots are still laughably awful at playing ... - TechCrunch

Robots may have the upper hand on math and science, and pretty much everything else we learn using computers, but when it comes to athletics, no one can kick around a ball quite like a human can.

In this installment of Judah vs. the Machines, actor Judah Friedlander heads to the University of Miami to see how the school’s RoboCanes robotic soccer team fares in a challenge against his own soccer abilities.

Friedlander met with Dr. Ubbo Visser, who works as a software developer on the RoboCanes project. In Visser’s mind, the soccer team project is focused on the broader functions of the limits in how robots think and how bipedal humanoids are able to move and work together.

“We’re playing soccer to identify how much new technology we need to create and we need to develop in order to have a fully autonomous team of humanoid robots and humanoid embodiments,” Visser told...


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