Thames Valley Harriers manager Paul Oppe has spoken of his joy at the club’s promotion to Division One.Oppe’s team were third in the table going into their final match of the season at Derby, where Basingstoke’s last-placed finish meant they were leapfrogged by Harriers, who edged out Exeter to take the second promotion place.Oppe said: “It is only when you experience the release of emotions at the end of such a tough season that you realise how important this promotion is to the team managers and athletes.AdChoices广告“I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the performance of every single athlete – I am proud to be the manager to such a talented and committed team. We are already making plans for 2012.”The track man of the match award was presented to Chris Smith for his personal best of 9:25.57 for second place in the 3000 metres steeplechase.Steve Whyte (pictured above) was the field man of the match for his massive contribution in the hammer (53.67m), discus (42.26m) and shot (13.86m).
Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, the third-overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, will most likely be the starter for the Jets. (Daily Trojan file photo)Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets for the Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 10, according to the NFL Network. He is the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in NFL history, at 21 years and 97 days old. Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, coming off a successful career at USC. In 2016, he led the Trojans to a nine-game win streak and a legendary Rose Bowl victory against Penn State. As a redshirt freshman, Darnold pulled off a 52-49 win to claim the title surrounded by current Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Juju Smith-Schuster. In his two years at USC, he threw for a total of 7,229 yards and 57 touchdowns. He constantly struggled with turnovers but could still manage to pull off the win. Darnold’s USC career ended with a disappointing Cotton Bowl appearance where the Trojans were defeated 24-7 by Ohio State.When the NFL Draft rolled around, there was a high probability of Darnold going as the No. 1 pick to the Cleveland Browns; but the Browns went with Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield instead. The Jets took Darnold to become their next franchise player, and he was immediately placed in the New York spotlight to impress the coaches over the summer. “He’s everything you’re looking for in a young quarterback as far as the ability to go out there, and the game isn’t too big for him,” Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates told ESPN after preseason Week 3. “The stage isn’t too big for him. Really, when the lights come on, he gets better.”Darnold came out in the first two preseason games ready to show off his talent. In Week 1 of the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons, he led the team to a 17-0 win by throwing 96 yards and completing 13-of-18 passes. He topped off his debut by throwing his first NFL touchdown. Preseason Week 2 was less of a show, as Darnold compiled only 62 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. The rookie put up a 64.4 percent completion rate for 244 yards with two total touchdowns in preseason so far. Darnold has always had a calming presence on the field and an impressive ability to make reads, both areas in which he impressed the Jets staff. Darnold’s preseason starts were strong hints that he would take the starting spot, but it became obvious when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was traded to the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles and his staff expect to make the decision official after Thursday, when the Jets play the Philadelphia Eagles in their final preseason game.
Dan Fiden, President of London SpitfireTottenham Hotspur is the latest traditional sporting organisation to be linked with a participating team in the Overwatch League, according to a report from The Sun. London Spitfire, the Overwatch franchise owned by Cloud9 through investment, is in talks with multiple major sporting teams – with Spurs being one of them.London Spitfire’s President, Dan Fiden, said in the report: “We have not made a partnership with anyone yet. We have had conversations with a number of teams, Tottenham is one of them. They are an incredibly impressive organisation and what they’re doing in the development is awesome.”The Premier League football club is currently going through a monstrous redevelopment, including the building of a brand new stadium worth £750m. It’s said that the London-based team is planning to have a state-of-the-art theater dedicated to esports in the new stadium, which would be ideal for a new team such as the Spitfire. “They really want to invest in the community in a way that is important for us when we think about partnerships,” Fiden continued. “I think what we intend to do in London has to opportunity not just to make a single space that has our branding.”Tottenham Hotspur would be one of a handful of sports teams with ties to the Overwatch League. The New England Patriots’ CEO Robert Kraft owns Boston Uprising and New York Jets’ CCO Jeff Wilpon owns New York Excelsior. The League commenced on January 10, and is one of the biggest franchising attempts in esports yet – it’s no wonder businessmen from different industries, including sports, are paying attention.After the first season of the Overwatch League plays out, teams will be required to have their own stadiums and arenas to play in. It’s not too far of a stretch to imagine, that if this partnership does take place, London Spitfire could host its matches in Tottenham Hotspur’s new facility. The team emerged victorious in its first two games of the season, beating both Florida Mayhem and Philadelphia Fusion.Esports Insider says: It’s exciting to see English sports teams getting involved in esports, we look forward to (potentially) seeing London Spitfire host teams in Spurs’ new ground next season. Whether or not it will become an official viewing venue, or a mainstay arena when the teams finally move over remains to be seen. It’s all just rumours at the moment but Spurs new state-of-the-art facility could well fit the bill.