Berahino ‘could be Championship player next season if he moves to Newcastle’, claims Murphy

first_img 1 Despite Newcastle’s bid, however, Berahino’s favoured move to Tottenham could still be on the cards.The Baggies sealed the arrival of highly-rated Spurs starlet Alex Pritchard on loan for the rest of the season on deadline day, and fans hope a deal for Berahino to move the other way could follow. Danny Murphy has warned wantaway West Brom starlet Saido Berahino against making a move to Newcastle, amid rumours of a £21million bid from the Magpies.The 22-year-old has been consistently linked with a move away from the Hawthorns, with Tottenham and Stoke among a number of clubs linked.After seeing a prospective move to White Hart Lane thwarted after a drawn out summer saga, Berahino vowed never to play for Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace again and now it seems his exit door has finally appeared.A January move had looked increasingly unlikely with West Brom not to receiving a formal bid for the young forward, but it now seems big-spending Newcastle could land him after making the first concrete offer for the star.But, former midfielder Murphy believes it would be the wrong move if ex-England Under-21 international Berahino sees a future for himself in the England senior team.“If you’re his agent or his Dad, there is no way you could advise him to go to Newcastle at the moment,” the former England and Liverpool star told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“That would be ludicrous because he could be a Championship player in six months’ time, and he certainly wouldn’t be in contention for the England squad then.”Berahino took to Twitter to vent his frustration about his collapsed Spurs move in the summer, but swiftly deleted his commentlast_img read more

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Championship wrap: Dunfermline pay penalty, Falkirk fight back

first_imgKallum Higginbotham missed two late penalties for 10-man Dunfermline as they could only manage a 1-1 with Ayr in the Scottish Championship match at East End Park.Higginbotham wasted two chances from the spot in the 83rd and 85th minutes after Paul McMullan and then Higginbotham himself were taken down in the box.Nicky Clark had put Dunfermline ahead on the half-hour mark with a strike from the middle of the area before Lewis Martin was sent off for his second bookable offence in the 48th minute after he brought down Scott McKenna to concede a penalty.Alan Forest stepped up and equalised for Ayr from the spot to share the points ahead of the late drama. St Mirren wasted the chance to claim their first Ladbrokes Championship win of the season after they lost 3-1 against Falkirk.Lewis Morgan opened the scoring for rock bottom St Mirren in the 17th minute when John Sutton knocked the ball down for the winger who rifled it into the back of the net.However, St Mirren’s task of claiming a valuable victory was made all the more tricky shortly before the break when defender Jack Baird was sent off for a foul on Lee Miller.Miller levelled for Falkirk two minutes into the second half, Bob McHugh added the second in the 78th before Myles Hippolyte made sure of victory with his 83rd-minute goal. Dumbarton held on to record their second win in 13 Scottish Championship matches as they claimed a narrow 2-1 victory over Queen of the South at Palmerston Park.The hosts began to dominate possession from kick-off and came close with a number of chances but Mark Millar fired wide before Stephen Dobbie had an attempt saved and then shot over the crossbar, while Lyndon Dykes and Grant Anderson also tried their luck to no avail.But, against the run of play, it was Dumbarton that took the lead just after the half-hour mark as former Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson collected the ball from Josh Todd and picked out the top corner from 25 yards out for his third goal of the season.The Sons doubled their lead just before the break through a Garry Fleming penalty – awarded for a push on Joseph Thomson from Jamie Hamill – which the vice captain fired high to sting the Doonhamers’ net.Jim Thomson’s hosts hit back through a close-range Derek Lyle effort with 10 minutes remaining to give themselves hope of rescuing a point but the visitors held on to move up a spot to eighth in the table.last_img read more

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Wenger plays down Guardiola success

first_imgArsenal v Manchester City He hasn’t raised the bar – Wenger plays down Guardiola success Dejan Kalinic 10:24 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() WengerGuardiola - Cropped Getty Images Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Arsène Wenger Guardiola Manchester City Arsenal The Arsenal manager insisted that the Man City boss had not taken the managerial profession to a new level Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions Pep Guardiola has raised the bar in football over the past decade.Guardiola’s Manchester City are on track to win the Premier League and face Wenger’s men in the Carabao Cup final Sunday.The Spaniard has enjoyed plenty of success with the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich during his coaching career, including winning two Champions League titles. 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 However, asked if Guardiola had raised the bar, Wenger played down the 47-year-old’s impact.”No, because you look at Barcelona and they are still the best team in Europe,” he told UK newspapers.”You have to accept that the modern game has changed with the recruitment of the best players in a short number of clubs.”We, as managers, can maybe impart our philosophy but this game belongs to the players because the importance of the players has become bigger than ever before.”Arsenal have won trophies in each of the past four seasons, claiming the FA Cup (2014, 2015 and 2017) and Community Shield (2014 and 2015).Wenger believes his team’s history counts for something heading into the decider against City at Wembley.”When you come through such a long way, you go to the final, you don’t want to lose it,” he said.”You want to win it. At the end of the day, you have to be cool. Because Manchester City is dominating the league in the head of everybody and so maybe we are more underdogs than in the FA Cup semi-final [last season, which Arsenal won 2-1].”We are maybe underdogs but we have to believe in our quality. The history, the fact we have done it before, shows why not do it again?”last_img read more

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Glenn apologises for offence in Pep ribbon rant

first_imgGuardiola FA chief Glenn apologises for Star of David and swastika comparison during Guardiola ribbon rant Joe Wright 19:54 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) martin glenn - cropped Getty Guardiola Premier League Manchester City The leader of a UK Jewish group criticised the Football Association CEO for “offensive” comments made during condemnation of Manchester City’s manager Football Association CEO Martin Glenn has apologised for comments regarding the Star of David after he was criticised by the head of the UK’s Jewish Leadership Council.Simon Johnson, head of the JLC, accused Glenn of making “offensive” and “ill-judged” remarks when he listed the Jewish symbol and the swastika among political or religious emblems whose display in games could break football rules.Glenn had been trying to explain why the FA was right to punish Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for displaying a yellow ribbon in support of Catalan independence activists. 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 “I would like to apologise for any offence caused by the examples I gave when referring to political and religious symbols in football, specifically in reference to the Star of David, which is a hugely important symbol to Jewish people all over the world,” Glenn said in a statement on Monday.”I will be speaking with the Jewish Leadership Council and to [anti-racism group] Kick It Out to personally apologise.”Earlier, Johnson had tweeted: “I have no problem with the FA clarifying Rule 4 and specifying that ALL religious symbols are prohibited on a kit if that is the case.”But, in explaining that decision, the CEO of the FA’s examples are ill judged [sic] and in poor taste.”The Star of David is a Jewish religious symbol of immense importance to Jews worldwide. To put it in the same bracket as the swastika and Robert Mugabe is offensive and inappropriate.”We will raise formally with the FA the Jewish community’s deep disappointment with this statement.”Glenn had been defending the decision to charge Guardiola for wearing a yellow ribbon in matches, a decision that prompted suggestions of FA double standards, after it campaigned for FIFA to allow players to wear commemorative poppies during internationals.”We have re-written Law 4 of the game so that things like a poppy are okay,” Glenn said. “But things that are going to be highly divisive, and that could be strong religious symbols, it could be the Star of David, it could be the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like [former Zimbabwe president] Robert Mugabe on your shirt, these are the things we don’t want.”Glenn went on to reference UKIP, a British Eurosceptic political party, and the terrorist Islamic State group.”Should we have someone with a UKIP badge, someone with an ISIS badge? That’s why you have to be pretty tough that local, regional, national party organisations cannot use football shirts to represent them,” he added. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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AA: Weah’s nearly perfect PSG debut

first_imgUnited States Americans Abroad: Weah’s nearly perfect debut while Johannsson saves Bremen Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Timothy Weah PSG Getty Images United States Bundesliga Borussia M’gladbach v Werder Bremen RB Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund Troyes v PSG Schalke 04 v Hertha BSC Troyes Hertha BSC Borussia Dortmund Werder Bremen PSG RB Leipzig Borussia M’gladbach Schalke 04 Ligue 1 Videos The teenager nearly capped his first team bow with a goal while the Bremen forward netted his first goal since 2016 to save a result for his club Getting on the field for a star-studded team like Paris Saint-Germain as a teenager is something a player will never forget, but for Timothy Weah, his debut for the Ligue 1 leaders almost turned into something beyond special.Weah entered in the 79th minute with PSG up 2-0 over Troyes, nearly 23 years after his father George Weah last suited up for the French giants, and was given the central forward role for the side. He used his pace to create a great opportunity for himself in stoppage time as he was able to simply outrun defenders to a ball just over the halfway line, getting into a one-on-one against the Troyes goalkeeper.Unfortunately for Weah, he put his shot straight at the keeper, denying him the chance to cap his debut with his first ever senior team goal. The whistle blew soon after. 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 It could’ve been the dream start for PSG’s Timothy Weah!A good save, or should he have done better there? pic.twitter.com/tR3iRD9iew — Goal USA (@GoalUSA) March 3, 2018 “I was really happy to play in Ligue 1 today,” Weah told PSG’s official website after the game . “I would like to thank the coach, the staff and the other players who have been really nice. I came close to scoring, that would have been the icing on the cake.“I hope to be able to play again and score goals. Coming just after my 18th birthday, it’s like a birthday present. I’m happy to play for the club of my heart.” The 18-year-old United States youth international has featured for PSG’s youth side and reserve side this year and impressed enough to earn this opportunity. While it is important to note this was a unique chance – PSG was without Neymar and Kylian Mbappe due to injury while the second leg of their tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday made Unai Emery rest numerous other players – Weah put himself in position to earn it by his strong play outside of the first team this season.Whether or not he gets another run out this year for PSG remains to be seen. But it was a great moment for the youngster, and showed a glimpse of the talent that helped get him there.Johannsson renaissance continues with equalizer Aron Johannsson Sebastian Langkamp Werder BremenAron Johannsson’s journey from forgotten man to important team member continued this past weekend with the reward he’s been searching for.A goal.Johannsson has been impactful in Werder Bremen’s last month of games, making key plays in the buildup to important goals in the Bundesliga. But while those moments could prove key in keeping Bremen in the Bundesliga for next season, Johannsson had yet to record a goal or assist in the league. His one tally came in the DFB Pokal, in a match Bremen ultimately lost.But that changed this past weekend when Johannsson came on as a substitute at the half against Borussia Monchengladbach, with Bremen trailing 2-0 on the road. Thomas Delaney would get the first goal back for Bremen but it would be Johannsson who secured the club with a share of the points.A low cross was played into the area. Jerome Gondorf, with his back to goal, laid it into the path of the oncoming Johannsson, who blasted it into the net to level the scoreline at 2-2. Left no doubt! That’s two goals in the last month for @aronjo20 . pic.twitter.com/KdiaoKMJEJ — U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) March 2, 2018 It’s exactly what Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt is aiming for with Johannsson. The manager was quoted by BILD as saying : “Aron has a very high priority for us when he comes on. He always creates openings and is very dangerous.”Likewise his teammates are pleased for him.”Aron was a great help to us,” Milos Veljkovic said in quotes published by kreiszeitung.de . “He works very hard on himself.”Johannsson, for his part, hopes to be a starter, but right now is pleased to have found the net once more. It was his first league goal since September 2016, and he knew he needed to capitalize on an opportunity to help Bremen secure a result.”I’m so glad that we got ourselves back into the game,” Johannsson told Bundesliga.com after the game . “I had already had two good chances, so I’m really pleased I managed to put the third away.”And Johannsson, 27, hasn’t given up hopes of representing the United States again on the international stage. He has not played for the U.S. since September 2015, thanks to injuries limiting his time on the field.”The biggest thing for me in football is to play for and represent my country so I hope I can continue to get some minutes on the pitch and to score some goals,” Johannsson said. “In the end, I hope to play for the national team again.”The thought of Johannsson representing the U.S. once more seemed like a far likier thing a few months ago than a successful return into the Bremen side. Now that he’s managed the latter, it’s certainly possible the former could happen as well.But in the meantime, he’ll just need to keep impressing his coaches and teammates. If he can, starts and his desired national team call-up may follow.Pulisic drops to the bench for Dortmund Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund AugsburgFor most of Christian Pulisic’s time as a professional, he’s been on the upswing, earning praise and playing time as he continued to develop at Borussia Dortmund. But now the teenager has suffered through a loss of form, and it’s handed him arguably the first piece of adversity at the club level in his career.Pulisic has found himself relegated to the bench for Dortmund’s last two league games — dropped in favor of an attacking midfield trio of Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, who support central striker Michy Batshuayi. Reus, in particular, has been in sparkling form since his return from injury, as he has now scored three times in his four Bundesliga games.While Pulisic has been on the bench for multiple games before, that was when he was seen as a young player who was more of a key rotation option than as a starter. Under Peter Bosz he had become an important starter, so the loss of his spot under Peter Stoger really cannot be looked at any other way than as a setback.It is worth remembering that this has been the concern for Pulisic for two years. When Marco Reus is healthy, he is an automatic starter. While he can play across attacking midfield, he ideally deployed on the wing. That leaves one spot for Pulisic, and that spot is taken by Schurrle at the moment.Also in the mix for Pulisic is Maximilian Philipp, who showed very well early in the season before missing substantial time with injury. Philipp was the first player off the bench this past weekend in the 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig, replacing Gotze, with Pulisic coming on for a late cameo.Dortmund has a busy slate over the next two weeks. There is a Europa League last-16 tie with Red Bull Salzburg. That tie sandwiches a battle against Timothy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt in a match that has top-four importance, as both Dortmund and Frankfurt are locked on 42 points, with BVB in third due to its superior goal difference. Then finally, a clash against Hannover.There’s not a match in there that Dortmund can afford to lose, so Stoger will likely have to rotate starters or make plenty of use of his substitutes. That should mean chances for Pulisic to make a case as to why he should return to the Dortmund XI.McKennie makes Schalke return Weston McKennie SchalkeThough many of the big American names in the Bundesliga have fallen on hard times of late due to form issues (Pulisic and Bobby Wood) or injury (John Brooks and Fabian Johnson), there was some good news for another American beside Johannsson this past weekend. Weston McKennie made his way back from injury.McKennie made the bench for Schalke’s match against Hertha Berlin and came on in the 80th minute in the 1-0 win. He had last appeared on Jan. 21 when he suffered a partial tear of his medial collateral ligament in his right knee, which was to sideline him for six weeks.The midfielder made an impressive recovery from the injury, returning to games in five weeks, rather than just to training, something he was anxious to do.“It was tough,” McKennie told Schalke’s official website late last week when asked how his rehab was. “I couldn’t do what I love doing most and had to work my way back instead. Running on a treadmill in front of a mirror isn’t as fun as being out on the pitch with the team. You’ve just got to get through it.”McKennie also described what happened when he first suffered the injury and the support he received from his teammates in the early going.“Normally, I always try to get straight back up on my feet and carry on when I’m fouled as I don’t want to get substituted!” McKennie said. “However, in that moment, I thought I’d really seriously injured myself. Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as I first feared.“What really helped was the support I received from my teammates. The whole team asked after me and wanted to know how I was getting on. Leon [Goretzka] surprised me when I had my MRI scan and came along with me. Naldo, Breel [Embolo] and Thilo [Kehrer] kept asking me how I’m doing and that was great. It helped me concentrate on my rehabilitation.”McKennie returns to a Schalke side in second in the Bundesliga table, though the club is just two points out of fifth place and four from sixth. The teen will look to make a positive impact in that tight race for a top-four spot, with the optimism that perhaps his time away may have helped him grow.“I feel great,” McKennie said. “I’ve been able to train fully for the first time this week and I feel like a brand-new player. Maybe the injury has actually turned me into a better player.”last_img read more

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Welbeck leads the line for Arsenal in Milan

first_imgUEFA Europa League Arsenal team news: Welbeck leads the line in Milan Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 00:47 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Danny Welbeck, Arsenal Getty UEFA Europa League Milan v Arsenal Milan Arsenal The England international deputises for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as the Gunners make the trip to San Siro Danny Welbeck again leads the line for Arsenal as they take on AC Milan in the Europa League.With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible and Alexandre Lacazette injured, former Manchester United forward Welbeck starts in a central attacking role.He will be flanked by Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the Gunners look to end a run of four straight defeats. 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 Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal have both been ruled out with injuries, meaning Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac again deputise at in the respective full-back roles.Aaron Ramsey returns after missing Sunday’s defeat to Brighton while David Ospina reprises his role as Arsene Wenger’s cup goalkeeper in place of Petr Cech.Milan are unbeaten in their last 13 matches ahead of the last-16 clash with manager Gennaro Gattuso having revitalised one of the great teams of European football history.Academy product Patrick Cutrone unsurprisingly starts up front for the Rossoneri, with Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu supporting him from wide areas.AC Milan XI: G.Donnarumma; Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessi, Biglia, Bonaventura; Suso, Calhanoglu, Cutrone.Subs: A.Donnarumma, Zapata, Locatelli, Montolivo, Borini, Kalinic, Silva.Arsenal XI: Ospina; Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck.Subs: Cech, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Iwobi, Nelson, Nketiah.last_img read more

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Article of the Week

first_imgPosted on October 8, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Yesterday, Human Rights Watch released a report “No Tally of the Anguish: Accountability in Maternal Health Care in India” which documents the poor health care system available for pregnant women in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, in violation of its obligations under international human rights law. Although there are government programs guaranteeing free obstetric health care, India still has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world. To read the press release, click here. To read the report, click here.Let us know if this was useful, rate this article here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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BROTHERS IN TOUCH

first_imgThe players in the Razorbacks Mens Open side at the 2004 NTL’s have many things in common. They all love touch, show great skill and talent, and many of them even share the same surnames. For brothers, Ben, James and Matt Roberts, touch has always been a large part of their lives. They became interested in touch as young kids, often watching their parents play. Soon enough the boys wanted to join in themselves and started their touch careers under the guidance of ex-Australian player, Don Smith. Competitive touch was always a goal, starting out under coach, Gavin Smith. Since then, both Ben and James have gone on to represent their state side, Queensland and also Australia. Older brother Matt rates them as “two of the best young players in Australia at the moment”, and loves watching them succeed and develop as players. They admit to easily criticising each other on the field, but off the field can quickly highlight many positive aspects of each other’s games. “Matt’s a great talker, as the oldest he tells us what to do, but we like that”, says Ben. “We’re always trying out new things to do, and teaching and learning off each other.” They even find time to hang out with each other off the touch field, not only as brothers, but as best mates. A good relationship off the field is also shared by two other brothers in the same Razorbacks team. Chris and Ash Farrow not only play touch together, they find time to surf together too. They both admit to being competitive with each other on the field but Ash highlights that “I win the fights!” Their healthy competitive nature is one of the reasons they’re constantly improving as touch players. “We’re always pretty hard on each other, but that’s a good thing”, says Chris. They not only share a close bond with each other, but with the Roberts brothers also. By playing alongside their siblings for so many years, the brothers feel as though they know each other’s games as well as their own and push each other to improve. A strong bond can be easily formed amongst teammates when several members are already closely connected like these guys. Having players that share such a close bond with each other has its obvious advantages, as acknowledged by Razorbacks Mens Open Captain, Neil Ward. “It’s a great advantage to our side having guys who not only know each others games well, but also are great mates and can work together.” The Razorbacks Mens Open team are doing well already this week. After three rounds, Razorbacks have had one win against Crusaders 6-1, lost a tight one to Brisbane Cobras 3-2 and lost to the Sydney Mets 5-2. Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

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Percy To Create History

first_imgThe 28-year-old created history three weeks ago when the Australian teams for the 2012 Trans Tasman Test Series were named, becoming the first Victorian representative to make an Australian Open side. Percy was named in the Australian Women’s Open side following a stellar performance as captain of the Victorian Women’s Open side at the 2012 National Touch League, helping them to reach the semi finals of the event. Percy says the week has already been a great learning experience and she can’t wait to take to the field for her first experience against New Zealand. “I still have to pinch myself to realise I’m in the team, I can’t believe it, I’m just so happy. If I made the Mixed team I would have been so happy so to make the Women’s is so good,” Percy said. “I’ve learnt so much already…I’ve never played against the Kiwis before so it’s unknown territory (for me).”Despite living in Melbourne, Percy will have one of the largest groups of supporters at the event, with approximately 20 people making the trip to Mudgee to cheer her on. A busload of friends and teammates started their trip up from Melbourne on Wednesday, stopping along the way to play a bit of Touch Football on their journey. “They travelled up yesterday and stopped in Cootamundra and played a game there and then my family is flying into Sydney so all up there is about 20 people coming up from Victoria.”“The whole week I’ve been getting messages and emails and they can’t wait for me to finally get here so it’s good.”Percy says her fellow teammates have been of great assistance, giving her plenty of advice on what to expect against New Zealand. “(They’ve said) Just to take it all in and you never know when you’re last game is going to be so enjoy every minute of it and get out there and do what you do best.”The 28-year-old says it’s been a long journey to get to this point, but it’ll all be worthwhile when she runs onto the field in her number eight jersey. “It’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of ups and downs along the way but to never give up, that’s what you’ve got to do and for now hopefully I’ve created a pathway for other Victorians, which is kind of what I wanted to do as well.”There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways: Websites: www.austouch.com.au www.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets) YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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Fiscal Sponsorship: A Solution for New Nonprofits

first_imgStart collecting donations through your fiscal sponsor. How do you find a fiscal sponsor?The Fiscal Sponsorship directory lists organizations that are ready and willing to serve as a sponsor. For more information on how a sponsorship works, visit the Society for Nonprofit’s resource center.Fiscal sponsorship steps:File for your organization’s 501(c)3 status, if you haven’t already. What does a fiscally sponsored organization look like?Honor Flight Capital Region is one such nonprofit. Honor Flight celebrates World War II veterans by arranging special trips for them to visit their memorial in Washington, DC. The experience provides veterans from America’s Greatest Generation with a feeling of camaraderie during their special day of honor. As you can see on Honor Flight’s website footer and donation page, the organization clearly states that it’s fiscally sponsored. Beyond that, the nonprofit functions just as any other nonprofit would. It can solicit tax-deductible donations through its DonateNow page and apply for grants. Start the search for a fiscal sponsor. Your fiscal sponsor should take care of sending donation receipts on your behalf. Create your fundraising strategy, and get the right tools for collecting online donations, communicating with your supporters, and organizing special events.center_img Once you’ve found the right sponsor, formalize the sponsorship with a written agreement. Don’t forget to thank your new donors! You just filed for your 501(c)3 designation so the IRS will recognize your group as a tax-deductible nonprofit organization. Congrats!Now you’re ready to start fundraising, but there’s a catch: Your donors can’t give to a tax-exempt organization, and you’re not eligible for grants yet because you aren’t officially recognized as a not-for-profit entity. You’re ready to get your nonprofit’s fundraising off the ground, but you’re stuck until you hear back from the IRS. However, there is a way you can apply for grants and raise tax-deductible funds: fiscal sponsorship.A fiscal sponsor is a tax-exempt organization that agrees to receive funds and conduct other administrative functions on your group’s behalf. Your fiscal sponsor processes your donations and then disburses the funds to your organization. Sometimes a sponsor will take a small administrative fee for processing the transactions, but it’s still a great option for organizations that need to raise money now and want to make sure their donors can give knowing their gift is tax-deductible.Who can serve as a sponsor?Technically, any 501(c)3 can be a fiscal sponsor. The National Council on Nonprofits recommends that you look for an organization with a mission that is similar to yours. Be sure that both parties agree to the terms of the partnership, and clearly outline those terms in a written agreement to make the sponsorship formal. The Foundation Center has tips to help you determine who can best serve as your fiscal sponsor, as well as resources to ensure the partnership is a positive experience for both the sponsor and the organization being sponsored. Start testing different fundraising ideas, and continue to update your donor communications and donor thank-you messages.last_img read more

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