TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli: Critical fans only motivate meby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli insists he can handle the doubters.Pioli arrives to replace Marco Giampaolo, though the appointment has been criticised by a section of the support.“I come here with enthusiasm and passion. I’m convinced that we can do great things together,” he said at his Press conference.“I have respect for the fans and they have the right to criticise me, but for me it’s an extra stimulus.“I’ll get to work on both the players’ heads and how we set up on the field. These will be 10 important days and I’ll try to make the most of every opportunity.“My principles are based on ideas, intensity and ruthlessness. Giampaolo’s a good Coach, but he’s different to me.“I’ll have to be good at getting my ideas across to the team as quickly as possible. Let’s start with a good base.“There are some quality players here. Marco’s worked well. I’d like to play the football that the lads will enjoy playing.“I adapt to my players. I have to improve them individually so they can grow collectively.”The 53-year-old coached Inter with little success during the 2016-17 campaign and was an Nerazzurri fan growing up…“The past is the past, I was a kid. Now I’m an adult, a professional who has a great desire to do well.“I need to get to know my players. I’m very demanding of them and myself. I can’t stand shallowness and a lack of ambition. We must do our utmost to achieve great results.”
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Waddle: England will not have better chance of winning Eurosby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England winger Chris Waddle says the country will not have a better chance of winning the European Championships than next year.The 2020 edition will be held throughout 12 countries, with the semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley in London.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “With the semi-finals and final being held at Wembley, England are not going to get a better chance of winning the European Championship than next year.”Gareth Southgate has done a good job and he has not been scared to bring players through. Against the Netherlands and Switzerland, they didn’t really perform and they didn’t play like England have been in the last 18 months.”But they have been generally playing well and I would be surprised if England don’t at least reach the last four at Euro 2020.”In qualifying it can be difficult going to hostile atmospheres across Europe, but they hammered Czech Republic at home and football-wise I haven’t seen a team in their group who are even 50 or 60 per cent as good as England are.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nicolas Pepe agent: I was convinced of Napoli moveby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Nicolas Pepe has revealed how the winger almost didn’t join Arsenal this summer.Pepe was on the verge of leaving Lille for Napoli before the Gunners broke their transfer record by paying £72m for his signature.Relayed by Corriere dello Sport, Mario Giuffredi said: “I was in Dimaro, convinced Napoli had got him.”Unfortunately, however, other factors come into play and when we talk of commissions, Napoli are limited in certain operations.”Then the agents have also made their interests”.
Man Utd shop in Bundesliga for 2 starsby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are shopping in the Bundesliga this season.BILD says United ended a winless run of 11 away matches when they beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in their Europa League clash in Serbia on Thursday, to go top of Group L.But they have a long way to go to compete at the top end of the Premier League again, and are reported to have targeted Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller and Denis Zakaria in January.United are ready to pay €50m for Muller, but they face competition from Inter Milan for the Munich forward. United are closing in on a deal for Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Zakaria.The 22-year-old has 24 caps for Switzerland and is contracted to Moenchengladbach until 2022, but could be available for around £25m.And United appear to be close to signing out-of-favour Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, with some reports claiming a deal has already been agreed . TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Mauricio Pochettino insists he is under no pressure to deliver a trophy at Tottenham, with his remit merely to secure a top-four finish as rivals continue to splash the cash.The Argentine is yet to win major silverware during his time in north London, despite overseeing Spurs’ transition into Premier League title contenders and Champions League regulars.He was the only manager not to bolster his ranks during the summer transfer window of 2018 and is not expecting to be busy throughout January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Instead, Pochettino is looking to keep Tottenham on track as they prepare to make a return to a redeveloped White Hart Lane – with that project having eaten up much of the club’s finances.He said ahead of the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final clash with capital rivals Chelsea: “When Daniel Levy called me to offer a contract here, he was clear – him and owner Joe Lewis.“They said: ‘Mauricio, you need to prepare and to help the club to arrive to the new stadium. When we finish the new stadium, in the first season at the new stadium, we need to have a team that can finish in the top four in the season after’.“We are in advance of that, no? That is why sometimes I laugh when the people say we need to win a trophy.”Pochettino has been forced to watch on as the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool have spent big in the transfer market, while Jose Mourinho was given £420 million in a little over two years before being relieved of his duties at Manchester United.With Spurs nowhere near matching that kind of outlay, talk of demands for success have been downplayed.“If I had arrived at Tottenham and Daniel says you have £300m to spend, it is my responsibility to win,” added Pochettino.“Come on, if I was to spend £300m and then say the project is to build step by step and be in the top four or maybe win something…. Come on, it’s not normal, this. When the club offers you the job they say what the club expects from you.“If the club says to you ‘I want you to win the Champions League, the Premier League, the Carabao Cup’, you say ‘OK, you want to win this and this and this? Can you give me this and this and this?’“Yes? OK, then I need to deliver it and win.”Pochettino has Spurs sat third in the Premier League table at present, six points adrift of leaders Liverpool while also progressing positively in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Champions League.
YouTube/Colin CowherdMichigan vs. Wisconsin is one of the biggest games of the weekend, with two top 10 Big Ten teams battling it out. FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd doesn’t think the game will be close.The Wolverines are 10-point favorites over the Badgers at home. Michigan, the No. 4 team in the country, has looked very good so far this season, but Wisconsin has been one of the more surprising clubs in the country, with wins over LSU and Michigan State, a week after the Spartans landed a big win at Notre Dame. Wisconsin’s 30-6 win has Badger fans riding high, but FS1’s Colin Cowherd isn’t impressed.During his normal spot with Joel Klatt on The Herd, Cowherd argued that Wisconsin got all kinds of breaks against the Spartans, and that the Wolverines are more talented and don’t make mistakes on offense. Therefore, Cowherd expects a blowout home win for the Wolverines. He’s so confident, he’s made it is “lock of the year,” with a fancy graphic and everything.Michigan definitely deserves to be a favorite in this one, based on how the season has played out, but the Badgers have earned respect. Their game against Georgia State was not impressive, but on top of the LSU and Michigan State wins, the Badgers also blew out a decent MAC squad in Akron. We’re excited for this one.Michigan vs. Wisconsin kicks off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be broadcast on ABC.
BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: LSU Tigers huddles up before a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs, the No. 2 team in the country and last year’s runner-up in the College Football Playoff, are officially on the ropes. LSU is giving the Bulldogs all they can handle in Baton Rouge on Saturday afternoon.LSU, coming off a tough loss to Florida, dominated the first half to build up a 16-0 lead at the break. Heading into the fourth quarter, it’s now 19-9. Georgia is going to have to score twice and get stops to have a shot to stay undefeated.LSU quarterback Joe Burrow hasn’t played his best game, but he is 13-of-28 for 154 yards with no turnovers. He also has a rushing touchdown.Georgia signal-caller Jake Fromm has struggled as well – he’s just 11-of-27 for 123 yards with an interception.Holyfield scores the touchdown … but the failed two-pointer still leaves Georgia down by two scores.#LSU 19, #UGA 9 #UGAvsLSU (Start of the 4th quarter)— 11Alive Sports (@11AliveSports) October 13, 2018LSU’s lone touchdown came on a 1-yard run from Burrow. Georgia’s score came from Elijah Holyfield on a 10-yard run. The Bulldogs were unable to convert a two-point try after their touchdown.Georgia is 6-0 on the season, and obviously, a loss would do a lot of damage to their College Football Playoff resume.You can watch the final period on CBS.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Jeff Brohm of the Purdue Boilermakers looks on during warmups before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The recent decision by Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm to stay with the Boilermakers and snub a potential offer from his alma mater Louisville has led to incredulity across the internet. However, new details have emerged that may suggest a very simple reason for staying put: money.According to Yahoo! Sports, Purdue offered Brohm a raise from $4 million to $6 million per year, along with added incentives to his contract.The Yahoo! Sports report noted that Louisville presented a seven-year, $35 million offer (~$5 million per year).Per NBC analyst Kevin McGuire, that $6 million salary makes Brohm an even higher-paid coach than his counterparts at Texas, Oklahoma, Penn State, Washington, USC, Wisconsin, and LSU – among others.If Jeff Brohm is going to get $6 million per year from Purdue, then he’d then be making more than the current yearly salaries of the head coaches at Texas, Oklahoma, Penn State, Washington, USC, Wisconsin, and LSU, just to name a few.— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) November 29, 2018The Cardinals have been actively searching for a head coach since parting ways with Bobby Petrino earlier this month.One of the reasons Brohm has been such a popular candidate for Louisville is his numerous ties to the school and the city.Brohm just completed his second year with the Boilermakers, leading them to a 6-6 record that included a 49-20 upset win over Ohio State.The Boilermakers are also primed to bring in a top-25 recruiting class for the 2019 cycle. Brohm’s relationship with his players and potential recruits also likely played a role in his decision.
SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 28: Head coach Mark Dantonio looks on after defeating the Washington State Cougars 42-17 in the SDCCU Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium on December 28, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Michigan State Spartans have a 7-5 record, and are in the running for one of the Big Ten’s mid-tier bowl slots. Let’s take a look at the latest regarding where Michigan State football could land.It wasn’t a banner season for the Spartans. The team had some nice wins over Penn State and Purdue, but failed to beat rivals Michigan and Ohio State, each of whom took home double-digit wins in East Lansing. They also fell to upstart Nebraska a few weeks ago.The Spartans will be behind Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and likely Big Ten West champion Northwestern in the bowl pecking order. They’ll be jockeying with teams like Wisconsin, Purdue, and Iowa for spots.A new bowl projection as Michigan State football heading down to Tampa for the Outback Bowl.On Friday, Sports Illustrated’s Eric Single released a new set of bowl projections. He projected that the Spartans would head to the Outback Bowl to face No. 18 Mississippi State out of the SEC.The Big Ten bowl situation largely depends on what happens in tonight’s championship game, and tomorrow’s College Football Playoff selection.Ohio State remains alive for a CFP bid, but needs some help to leap over Georgia, which is a big underdog to Alabama tonight, and Oklahoma, which is in a dogfight with rival Texas at the moment. If Ohio State makes the field, Michigan probably moves up to the Rose Bowl, and it could open up some other options.Single’s projections have Ohio State missing the Playoff and heading to the Rose Bowl, with Michigan going to the Peach Bowl, Penn State to the Citrus bowl, and Northwestern in the TaxSlayer Bowl.The Outback Bowl will be played at noon on January 1 at Raymond James Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.[Sports Illustrated]
CHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 16: A general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Big Ten should once again be one of the top conferences in college football next season. One of the hallmarks of the league is its strong roster of coaches.Urban Meyer is gone, but Mark Dantonio, Jim Harbaugh, Pat Fitzgerald, James Franklin, Kirk Ferentz, Paul Chryst, Jeff Brohm and Scott Frost are still there. We’ll also get to see how Ryan Day fares taking over at Ohio State.Unfortunately, when you rank the coaches in this league, someone has to be on the bottom. Brad Crawford of 247Sports released his 1-to-14 list of Big Ten head coaches today.Illinois’ Lovie Smith was in last:Smith’s first college head coaching job after 11 years in the NFL has been a disaster. Illinois is 4-23 against Big Ten competition during his tenure (0-10 vs. ranked teams) and many of those contests haven’t been competitive. With the program handcuffed and unable to do anything with a bad contract, Smith received a two-year extension from the Illini in November.Illinois has been a tough program to win at for some time now, and the Illini hiring of Smith was definitely a calculated risk. It hasn’t paid off yet, and there’s no guarantee it will.Rutgers’ Chris Ash follows Smith at No. 13, and might actually have a hotter seat than his Illinois counterpart. Rutgers has won seven games total in Ash’s first three seasons and is coming off a 1-11 campaign. His own AD has put added pressure on Ash to perform, and another poor season might be his last.You can read Crawford’s full rankings here.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the signing.Kyler Murray’s fully guaranteed 4-year deal will be $35,158,645, which includes a $23,589,924 signing bonus via @corryjoel https://t.co/obSnhIx9DX— Robert Raiola, CPA (@SportsTaxMan) May 9, 2019After moving on from the Oakland A’s offer, Murray won out in the end.He receives more than $35 million guaranteed after the Cardinals decided to make him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft.Following their decision to draft Murray, the team traded former No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolphins for a late second-round pick.Arizona drafted former UMass wide receiver Andy Isabella with that selection.We’ll have to wait and see if Murray can lift the Cardinals to prominence. MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Two weeks ago, the Arizona Cardinals made former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.Despite trading up to draft former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen at No. 10 in the 2018 NFL draft, the Cardinals decided to roll the dice on the reigning Heisman Trophy-winner.Murray reportedly considered signing with the Oakland Athletics after the team drafted him with the No. 9 overall pick in the MLB draft. However, the former Sooner decided football is the game for him and he became the first individual to be drafted in the first round of the NFL and MLB drafts.Two weeks after landing with the Cardinals, Murray has reportedly signed with the team.
IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of Iowa Hawkeyes Kinnick Stadium against Michigan State Spartans November 12, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)Iowa’s quarterback commit for the 2020 class, Deuce Hogan out of Texas, is certainly not lacking in any confidence.Hogan, the No. 18 pro-style quarterback in the country per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, has been committed to Iowa since last June.The quarterback recruit can’t wait to get on campus – and start playing Ohio State.Hogan, a three-star commit, had a bold message for the Buckeyes’ coaching staff while speaking to a recruiting reporter.“I’m going to make the defensive coordinator at Ohio State pull his hair out,” he said.Just spoke with Iowa QB commit @_DeuceHogan__ I asked him what Iowa fans can expect from him and he said “First of all, just a winner”. He then went on to say “I’m going to make the defensive coordinator at Ohio State pull his hair out”. Story coming later.— Tyler Devine (@devine_tyler) May 17, 2019Ohio State has certainly had problems with Iowa before, most recently in 2017, when the Buckeyes were dominated, 55-24, by the Hawkeyes in a shocking defeat.We’re a couple of years away from an Ohio State-Iowa showdown that features Hogan, but it’ll apparently be a game to watch.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)The first week of college football usually generates a few blowouts, and that is certainly the case in the Maryland-Howard game. It’s been a one-sided affair for all four quarters of this matchup.Maryland is being led by Mike Locksley once again this year. He’s certainly off to a strong start with the Terrapins.After the first half, Maryland had a 56-point lead over Howard. Quarterback Josh Jackson has completed 15-of-24 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns.Since the Terrapins have dismantled the Bison throughout this game, they’ve taken their foot off the gas in the second half. Nonetheless, the scoreboard is still absurd. With the fourth quarter of action coming to an end, Maryland leads 79-0 over Howard.Putting up 79 points is obviously worth noting, but keeping your opponent scoreless makes it even more impressive.Here’s the official scoreboard as of now:WELCOME BACK, COLLEGE FOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/tEPXdaC9Rd— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) August 31, 2019Maryland has outgained Howard by nearly 600 yards on the afternoon. However, the time of possession hasn’t been lopsided.The road from here only gets tougher for Maryland as Week 2 presents a showdown with No. 22 Syracuse.Regardless of how brutal the Terrapins’ schedule may appear in the coming weeks, Locksley has to be proud of how his players showed up in their season opener.
Rohan Sen KolkataApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 09:20 IST Kolkata Knight Riders lost their third successive match at the Eden Gardens this season (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli smashed his fifth IPL hundred to help RCB beat KKR by 10 runs on FridayThe loss was KKR’s fourth successive this season and third at Eden Gardens in IPL 2019KKR have 4 wins from 9 matches and are placed 6th on the points table while RCB remain 8thVirat Kohli certainly made it a Good Friday for his Royal Challengers Bangalore and the loyal supporters of the franchise as he led by example in the 10-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Virat Kohli’s swashbuckling 58-ball 100 and Moeen Ali’s brutal 28-ball 66 helped the Royal Challengers reach 213 for 4 after being asked to bat first by Dinesh Karthik. The visitors then overcame a late onslaught by Nitish Rana (85 not out) and Andre Russell (65 off 25 balls) to restrict the Knight Riders to 203 for 5 in 20 overs.The win was Bangalore’s second this season in nine games while Kolkata suffered their fourth successive defeat and are currently sixth on the points table after nine games.Crediting Kohli for the way he batted, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik admitted that his team conceded 20-25 runs too many in the slog overs which ultimately led to their downfall.Karthik also pointed out that Moeen Ali’s knock actually turned the game on its head. Moeen’s innings in the absence of an injured AB de Villiers gave the much-needed impetus to RCB’s charge in the middle overs and turned the tide in their favour.”I think the way Moeen batted, he took the game away from us. He played a few good shots and credit to him. I thought they were 20-25 runs too many and that’s what happens when a player like Virat plays. It was a brilliant knock from him.”The ball was seaming a little, and the new ball had a bit in it and it wasn’t easy for stroke-making. If I had to look back, it was 20 runs too many. This is a hard wicket for the spinners and we were aware that we could take on their spinners and that brought the game close. I think RCB did the small things right today,” Karthik said after the match.advertisementChances of qualifying for the playoffs are quickly slipping out of KKR’s hands but Karthik remains optimistic and still has the belief in his team’s abilities.”If we play a couple of good games things will start to roll and I believe in my boys. If we do the right things we will be back on track,” Karthik said.Also Read | Promised AB de Villiers I will score a hundred: Virat Kohli after fireworks vs KKRAlso Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli hits 5th Indian Premier League hundred, 1st since 2016Also Read | Virat Kohli has 5 IPL hundreds as captain. All others combined have 4Also Read | Virat, you little biscuit: AB de Villiers reacts after Kohli’s 5th IPL hundredFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Dinesh KarthikFollow Virat KohliFollow IPL 2019Follow KKR vs RCB No data available! RCB got 20 runs too many because of Virat Kohli: Dinesh Karthik after KKR defeatVirat Kohli’s fifth IPL hundred helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs at the Eden Gardens stadium on Friday night. scorecard commentary graphs advertisement view more view less
Karan Oberoi rape case: Attack on complainant planned by her lawyer?The attack on the 34-year-old woman, who accused actor Karan Oberoi of rape and extortion, was allegedly planned by her lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 11:40 IST TV actor Karan Oberoi.HIGHLIGHTSThe attack on 34-year-old, who accused Karan Oberoi of rape and extortion, was masterminded by her lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan.The attackers have been identified as Zishan Ansari (23) and Altamash (22), Jithin Santosh Kurian (22) and Arafat Ahmed Ali (21).One of the attackers confessed that the lawyer had assigned them the task of threatening his client for money.The 34-year-old woman, who accused actor Karan Oberoi of rape and extortion, was attacked last week (Saturday) by two people riding a sports bike, while she was taking a morning walk. It has emerged that the attack was masterminded by her lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan, the police told The Times of India.A case was registered against two unidentified people under section 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and other relevant sections. According to the complaint, the pillion rider on the sports bike slashed the victim’s hand with a sharp object. He also threatened her of an acid attack, following which he threw a sheet of paper on the road and asked the victim to read it.The attackers all of whom are students were identified as brothers Zishan Ansari (23) and Altamash (22), Jithin Santosh Kurian (22) and Arafat Ahmed Ali (21). The police told the publication that Ali is a distant relative of the victim’s lawyer and during the interrogation confessed that he had “assigned them the task of threatening his client for money.”The police is looking for the lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan and an accomplice.A police officer told The Times of India, “The motive behind the attack will be clear only after the lawyer is arrested. The lawyer’s name cropped up after one of the four arrested men said that it was the lawyer who had discussed the attack with them and paid them some money. The planning was done four-five days before the attack. The attackers were given a proper daily schedule of the victim’s morning walk. Accordingly, Zishan, who is doing his BCom, and his brother Altamash, who is pursuing BMM, planned the attack while Ali rode the two-wheeler belonging to Zishan and Kurian slashed at the victim’s arm before he threw the paper scribbled with the words Take The Case Back’. He also showed her a bottle threatening to attack her with acid.”advertisementOberoi was arrested on May 6 and was sent to 14 days of judicial custody by an Andheri court. An FIR was registered against him under sections 376 (rape) and 384 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code. According to the FIR, the actor allegedly raped the woman on the pretext of marrying her.The FIR also stated that Oberoi not only raped the woman and filmed the act but also demanded money from the victim and threatened to release the video if she did not pay the requisite sum.Also read | Karan Oberoi rape case: Victim attacked in MumbaiGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Karan Oberoi Next
Indo-Asian News Service LondonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 15:07 IST Shakib al Hasan says Bangladesh has come a long way (Photo: AP)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh doesn’t take defeats lightly, says Shakib al HasanBangladesh defeated South Africa in their first match of World Cup 2019They had reached their first-ever World Cup quarter-final in 2015Shakib al Hasan, who played a pivotal role in Bangladesh’s emphatic win in their opening World Cup match over South Africa, believes there has been a massive improvement in their game in the last decade.A wonderful batting display led by the experienced duo of Shakib Al Hasan (75) and Mushfiqur Rahim (78), supported by eye-catching cameos from Soumya Sarkar (42) and Mahmudullah (46), helped Bangladesh post 330/6 after being asked to bat by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Sunday at the Kennington Oval. The bowlers then struck regularly to restrict South Africa to 309/8 and register a convincing 21-run victory over the Proteas.Bangladesh had last defeated India and South Africa in the 2007 edition of the World Cup. Shakib feels much has changed in the last decade as now they are seen as serious contenders rather than just any team.”It’s been 12 years, so our cricket has come a long way forward,” Shakib was quoted as saying by the ICC website after Sunday’s match.”Back then, it used to be good enough for the crowd if we played well. But not anymore, they are not satisfied. They don’t take defeat to any other team (lightly). This is the expectation level we’ve got in these 12 years. I’m very happy, but this is just the start of the tournament.”The Bangla Tigers have made massive strides in the game, especially the 50-over format in the last decade and a half. Their performance in multi-nation tournaments has improved by leaps and bounds and they are no more considered as minnows.advertisementIn 2015, they made their first-ever World Cup quarter-final and shortly before the ongoing tournament, they defeated Ireland and West Indies in a tri-nation series to win their first win in a multi-nation ODI tournament.”Building up to this World Cup, we knew what sort of challenges we might face,” Shakib said.”So we prepared ourselves well. We were in Ireland, where we played really well against West Indies and Ireland. That gave us a lot of confidence and belief. There are so many things to prove in this tournament, and we are up to the challenge. The boys are confident, but at the same time, they are relaxed. They know we have the skill to beat big teams,” he added.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar thought his career was over after Test debutAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan have the ability to beat England, says Azhar MahmoodAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow shakib al hasanFollow Bangladesh vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2015 World Cup 2019: Bangladesh doesn’t take defeat lightly, says Shakib al HasanBangladesh registered a sound win against South Africa and Shakib al Hasan believes that there has been a lot of improvement within the team. Bangladesh reached their first ever World Cup quarter-finals in 2015.advertisement
Indo-Asian News Service TauntonJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 16:36 IST David Warner wins heart, hands Player of the Match award to young fan. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPlayer of the Man against Pakistan, David Warner gave away his award to a young fanAustralia opener David Warner scored 110-ball 107 against Australia on WednesdayAustralia will now take on Sri Lanka in their next World Cup 2019 game on Saturday in LondonAustralia opener David Warner was at his menacing best against Pakistan in their World Cup fixture in Taunton on Wednesday as the defending champions won the game by 41 runs. And the man who stole the show with the bat for the Aussies was Warner.Criticized by many for his slow knock in the previous match against India, the batsman hit a 110-ball 107. His knock saw him win the Player of the Match award, but the opener gave it to a young fan present at the ground.”David Warner made this young Australia fan’s day by giving him his Player of the Match award after the game. Wonderful gesture. #SpiritOfCricket #CWC19,” the official Twitter handle of the Cricket World Cup captioned the video on the microblogging website.David Warner made this young Australia fan’s day by giving him his Player of the Match award after the gameWonderful gesture #SpiritOfCricket#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/MlvDkuoW4iCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019Warner even signed his award and gave it to the young fan. Speaking to ICC, the youngster said it felt awesome. “We were just waving the flag and he just came over and gave it to us,” he said.When asked whether he is a Warner fan, the kid said: “Yes, I really like him and I am happy with Australia’s win”.Australia will now take on Sri Lanka on Saturday at the Kennington Oval in London.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Kevin Pietersen reminds Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan’s woes after loss vs AustraliaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Match against India is a huge pressure game, says Imam-ul-HaqAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow David WarnerFollow Player of the Match Next World Cup 2019: David Warner wins hearts, hands Player of the Match award to young fanAustralia opener David Warner was at his best in Australia vs Pakistan World Cup fixture as he stole the show and the Player of the Match award with a century, but gifted it to a young fan present at the ground.advertisement
Next India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 15:45 IST Candice Warner with her 3 kids in hospital on Sunday (Instagram/@davidwarner31)HIGHLIGHTSCandice Warner gave birth to her third daughter on Sunday in LondonThe Warners named their new-born Isla RoseDavid Warner shared the news via social media using a picture of his familyAustralian opener David Warner’s life has taken a turn for better over the past few months. After his return to international cricket post a year-long ban, Warner has hit supreme form with the bat leading the run-charts in the ongoing World Cup 2019. As if his on-field exploits were not enough, Warner’s joy received another shot in the arm with the birth of his 3rd child in London on Monday.Warner was travelling with his pregnant wife Candice during the World Cup 2019 in England while expecting the birth of their 3rd daughter. Warner confirmed the news via social media when he posted a picture of Candice with their 3 kids including the new-born Isla Rose, with the caption: ‘We welcomed our newest family member Isla Rose Warner at 10:30pm late last night. @candywarner1 was absolutely amazing. Mum and Bub doing very well and her big sisters are over the moon. #prouddad’.According to news reports, Warner had to rush to the hospital soon after Australia’s clash against New Zealand was over on Saturday evening.We welcomed our newest family member Isla Rose Warner at 10:30pm late last night. candywarner1 was absolutely amazing. Mum and Bub doing very well and her big sisters are over the moon. #prouddad https://t.co/wAsjXZLeYnadvertisementDavid Warner (@davidwarner31) July 1, 2019The Warners already are proud parents of two girls – Ivy Mae and Indi Rae. Thankfully for Warner, The Australian team has an almost week-long break before their final league match against South Africa in Manchester.Warner has scored a phenomenal 516 runs in the World Cup with 2 centuries and 3 fifties and looks set to challenge Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time high of 673 runs scored during the 2003 edition.Australia have already qualified for the semi-finals and are leading the points table with 14 points from 8 matches. They are also already assured of a top-2 finish in the points table.Also Read | Sportsmanship of few champions got tested, they failed badly: Waqar Younis slams Team IndiaAlso Read | You all wanted Rishabh Pant to play, there he is at No. 4: Rohit Sharma’s epic reply to journalistFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Candice WarnerFollow World Cup 2019 David and Candice Warner welcome their 3rd childDavid Warner, who is leading the list of highest run-getters in World Cup 2019, became a proud parent of his 3rd daughter in London, late night on Sunday.advertisement
Virat Kohli delights fans in Florida with autographs and selfies at training sessionIndia cricket team trained at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Florida even as they were watched by a group of India fans ahead of their T20Is against the West Indies.advertisement India Today Web Desk FloridaAugust 2, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 22:36 IST Virat Kohli-led Team India will begin their tour of West Indies with 2 T20Is in Florida (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSIndia cricket team trained in Florida ahead of 1st T20I vs West IndiesVirat Kohli interacted with fans who had turned up to watch the team trainingIndia take on West Indies in the 1st T20I on SaturdayIndia cricket team captain Virat Kohli obliged to fans’ requests of selfies and autographs during the team’s first training session ahead of the 3-match T20I series against West Indies in Florida.A group of passionate Indian cricket fans turned up at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill to see the Indian cricket team go through its training drills. Virat Kohli led the team during the session as the India stars played footvolley even as the bunch of fans watched on.Kohli made sure the India fans didn’t go home empty-handed as he took time out to interact with them. From signing autographs on t-shirts and on phone cases from obliging to requests of selfies, the India captain put a smile on the fans’ faces.Skipper @imVkohli does know how to bring smiles and joy to the fans #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/lqrAUaCODYBCCI (@BCCI) August 1, 2019When it’s play ball time #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/EPMNJsiCseBCCI (@BCCI) August 1, 2019India will play two T20Is in Florida on August 3 and 4 before heading to Guyana for the final T20I of the 3-match series against the West Indies. Virat Kohli’s men will then play 3 ODIs before kicking off their world championships campaign with a 2-Test series against the West Indies.A lot of fresh faces have been inducted into the senior national team for the limited-overs series against the West Indies. MS Dhoni was not available for selection as the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has taken a 2-month break from international cricket to train with the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army.advertisementOn the other hand, the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey have been handed recalls as India will be looking to settle their middle order issues that hampered their performances at World Cup 2019. Seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik faced the axe after India’s semi-final defeat to New Zealand in England last month.Amid rumours of rift in the Indian camp, the Virat Kohli-led team left for Florida. The India captain rubbished the rumours of strain in his relationship with limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Speculations were rife that Kohli and Rohit were not on the same page when it came to the on-field issues and the latter’s Instagram activity wherein he reportedly unfollowed Anushka Sharma added fuel to fire.”In my opinion it’s baffling to be honest. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read such stuff that comes out. I have been to a few public events and the sentiment is ‘aap log kya khele (you guys played so well)’,” Virat Kohli said at India’s pre-departure press conference on Monday.”We are feeding off lies. We are overlooking facts. We are turning a blind eye to all the good things that has happened. We are creating fantasies and scenarios in our head and want to accept that this is the truth,” Kohli added.Also Read | Virat Kohli enjoys Miami outing with Anushka Sharma ahead of West Indies tourAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Steve Smith 2nd fastest after Don Bradman to hit 24 Test hundredsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Florida cricket
Reuters BarcelonaAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 08:07 IST Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona season opener against Athletic Bilbao. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLionel Messi has been ruled out of Barcelona season opener due to calf injuryBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said he would not risk an unfit Lionel Messi against Athletic BilbaoThe coach made no comments on Neymar re-joining the club from PSGBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said he would not risk an unfit Lionel Messi in Friday’s La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao and continued to be non committal about Neymar re-joining the club from Paris St Germain.Barca’s all-time top scorer and captain Messi injured his calf in training before his side’s brief pre-season tour of the United States and has not yet returned to full training a day before his side visit Athletic.Videos emerged on Thursday of the Argentine getting up to speed in individual training sessions on sand but Valverde said there was no chance he would gamble with Messi’s fitness.”We never like to risk any players and much less someone like Leo,” Valverde told a news conference on Thursday.”He still hasn’t returned to training with the team and while we are happy with his progress, individual training is very different to playing a match. We are going to wait and see.”Barca have spent over 200 million euros on signings including Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann but continue to be linked with a second swoop for Neymar, two years after he left the Catalans for PSG for a world record 222 million euros ($246 million).Valverde refused to answer questions about the club’s interest in Neymar and lamented the fact that the Spanish transfer window does not shut before the season starts, as it does in England.”It’s inconvenient and it’s not logical. The normal thing would be that the team you start with is the same one that will compete for the whole season,” Valverde said.advertisement”Now we have two weeks until the transfer window shuts and you can’t breathe easily until then. I’m very happy with the squad I have at the moment but I don’t know what will happen next.””I am far removed from transfers and I’m focusing on the players I have for our first game,” he added.”Neymar belongs to PSG and we’ll see what happens but I can’t say anything more about him.”Barca’s game in Bilbao was only confirmed last Friday after a court case was settled between the league’s organising body and the Spanish football federation over scheduling games outside of the weekend.Valverde criticised the two bodies for their handling of the situation.”It seems incredible to me that the war over the match days and schedules was not solved before hand, the image of the league and federation has been damaged as a result,” he added.Also Read | Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo nominated for UEFA Player of the Year AwardAlso Read | Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi out of U.S. tour with calf strainAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Lionel MessiFollow LA LigaFollow Barcelona Next La Liga: Unfit Lionel Messi ruled out of Barcelona season openerBarca’s all-time top scorer and captain Lionel Messi injured his calf in training before his side’s brief pre-season tour of the United States and has not yet returned to full training a day before his side visit Athletic.advertisement