Month: October 2019

10 months ago​Caen, Fenerbahce eyeing Leicester winger Diabate10 months ago​Caen, Fenerbahce eyeing Leicester winger Diabate

first_img​Caen, Fenerbahce eyeing Leicester winger Diabateby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City youngster Fousseni Diabaté is being linked with a move away from the club.The 23-year-old arrived in January, but he has been unable to impress in the 12 months since joining from Ajaccio.He has only played in one Premier League game this season.And Le 10 Sport suggests that a loan move to Caen in France is a possibility.Turkish side Fenerbahce also have an interest, but they would prefer a permanent transfer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoNewcastle keeper Dubravka shuts down Juventus links9 months agoNewcastle keeper Dubravka shuts down Juventus links

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keeper Dubravka shuts down Juventus linksby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United manager Martin Dubravka has expressed his happiness at St. James’ Park amid speculation linking him with a move to Juventus.The Slovakian has been excellent for Toon over the past 12 months, which has lead to the Old Lady keeping an eye on his performances.But Dubravka insists he is happy on Tyneside.”I am very happy here. To be honest I am completely focused on my job here and that is what I am concentrating on right now,” Dubravka told Chronicle Live.”I know a lot of people have been asking me if I will stay or not, but I am happy now and I am not thinking about any other club.” last_img read more

a month agoChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spota month agoChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spot

first_imgChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spotby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says he won’t stop pushing Tammy Abraham.The 21-year-old scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Wolves.It was Abraham now has seven goals from five Premier League appearances, but Lampard has warned he must keep scoring to keep his place.He said:”I felt that knowing his abilities and watching him in the Championship have two great seasons and in the Premier League, I felt it was more than time for him to have his opportunity,” Chelsea boss Lampard said of Abraham.”He needed to show it in pre-season and at the start of the season, hence he started at Manchester United.”I have competition up there. I definitely don’t want to down-talk Giroud and Batshuayi because we need them as well and Batshuayi looked sharp when he came on and Oli always gives something of a high level, so it was up to Tammy to show it.”I’ve got confidence in him and I’m prepared to give him chances, but even more now I’ll be tougher on him because he’s shown what he can do. So the moment he wants to come off that and think that goals will just drop at his feet will be a moment when maybe he will be rested, so it’s important he makes sure he stays on his game.”I’m happy because I see him every day with a feeling like he wants to play every day, to score goals every day and that’s something a bit special. You don’t see that in all young players and it’s a great gift in him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoTottenham manager Pochettino still has faith in Dele Alli8 days agoTottenham manager Pochettino still has faith in Dele Alli

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham manager Pochettino still has faith in Dele Alliby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is backing Dele Alli to return to form. The midfielder was dropped from the latest England squad after an indifferent start to the season.”I have had some conversations with Dele over the last two or three years,” Pochettino said. “It’s a process.”He’s young, 23, but I love the way he’s working hard to be the best, to find the best form. That is a process that needs time, too.”I think he’s very close and he is doing well.”It was a good opportunity for him in these last two weeks to work hard and clear things up in his head. And for us to help him find his best form.” last_img read more

Arrest confirmed for ‘racist offence’ at Tottenham-Chelsea tieArrest confirmed for ‘racist offence’ at Tottenham-Chelsea tie

first_imgPolice have confirmed a man has been arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence at Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final between Tottenham and Chelsea.In a post on Twitter, the football unit of the Metropolitan Police, whose officers were on duty for the first leg at Wembley, wrote: “Police have arrested a 17-year-old male for a racially aggravated public order offence at tonight’s @SpursOfficial v @ChelseaFC.”The male is currently being dealt with at a North London police station.” 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? An earlier post from the force had read: “We are working with London football clubs to ensure hate crime, including racism and anti-Semitic language, is tackled robustly.”Any instances of such behaviour will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.”The incident is the latest instance of alleged racist behaviour to shake the top tiers of European football in recent weeks.Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was subjected to abuse from the stands during his side’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea at the beginning of December, with the man responsible later identified and banned from Stamford Bridge.Police have arrested a 17 year old male for a racially aggravated public order offence at tonight’s @SpursOfficial v @ChelseaFC The male is currently being dealt with at a North London police station.— MPS Football Unit (@MPSFootballUnit) January 8, 2019In Italy, meanwhile, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly suffered monkey noises and other offensive remarks at San Siro as his side went down to Inter.The club was subsequently punished with two games to be played behind closed doors, a sanction that they declined to appeal.last_img read more

Report: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0Report: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

first_imgArsenal returned to winning ways and reignited their bid for a top-four place in the Premier League with an excellent 2-0 triumph over Chelsea.Alexandre Lacazette crafted a wonderful 14th-minute opener as Maurizio Sarri’s side, not for the first time this season, wilted under the pressure of a London derby.Club captain Laurent Koscielny’s attempt to head Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s volleyed pass six minutes before half-time spun off his shoulder and beat Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. 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? It was the former France defender’s first goal since rupturing an Achilles tendon last season and Chelsea were unable to respond.Sokratis powered wide unmarked from an eighth-minute corner before centre-back partner Koscielny forced a point-blank save from Kepa, who was grasping at air when Lacazette turned sharply and clipped past him at his near post.Sead Kolasinac played Pedro haphazardly onside to almost loft an 18th-minute equaliser for Chelsea, although the left-back made himself more useful in attack with a delicate cross that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang nearly converted with a wonderful overhead kick.Koscielny’s fortuitous conversion off his shoulder was not so picturesque but it was nevertheless rapturously received at Emirates Stadium.Slack set-piece marking at the other end saw Marcos Alonso head against the post, pursuing a lifeline Chelsea scarcely deserved.Chelsea enjoyed sustained possession in the Arsenal half early in the second period but created little, with Koscielny in particular defending impeccably.Aaron Ramsey tried to prod the goal his endeavours deserved in the 64th minute after Kolasinac raided into the Chelsea box.Blues substitute Ross Barkley had a rasping strike blocked before Arsenal made an enforced change due to Hector Bellerin collapsing with a seemingly serious knee injury – a rare blot on an outing far removed from last weekend’s loss at West Ham.T O G E T H E R #ARSCHE pic.twitter.com/yeMVDEjbZu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 19, 2019What does it mean? Arsenal rejuvenate Champions League hopesUnai Emery’s side kicked off in sixth position, having fallen behind a revitalised Manchester United. Defeat would have left them nine points shy of Chelsea in fourth, meaning their lightning start to the match was fuelled by the pressure of having no margin for error. Maurizio Sarri is now the coach who will face further questions over his own prospective revolution at Stamford Bridge, with this defeat sharing far too many commonalities with the limp surrender to Tottenham at Wembley in November.Juve-bound Ramsey will be a huge missMesut Ozil looked on from the bench and was barely missed. When things click in this manner, it is easy to imagine Emery’s Arsenal operating without the gifted German playmaker. However, if Ramsey’s heavily touted switch to Juventus goes through the Wales midfielder will leave a considerable hole. A bundle of high-intensity, high-quality energy as the Gunners laid siege to their rivals during the first half, Ramsey rendered Chelsea’s deep-lying playmaker Jorginho entirely ineffective and laid the foundations for a superb victory.Number nines 2 False nine 0Lacazette’s two touches to engineer room for a precision finish were an immaculate example of centre-forward play. Talents such as his and Aubameyang’s are ones Sarri is unable to call upon, explaining his pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain. However, Eden Hazard’s truculent efforts to fill the gap in Chelsea’s attack speak ill of a player with ambitions to be considered among the best in the game. He was entirely ineffective once again, operating in a position that Lionel Messi redefined on his way to become the premier player in world football. No one is asking Hazard to hit Messi’s levels, but he should view chances at the centre of Chelsea’s forward line as an opportunity, not an inconvenience.Key Opta facts8 – Arsenal have won more points in seven games against ‘big six’ opponents this season than they did in the whole of 2017-18 (6). Mettle. #ARSCHE pic.twitter.com/fSbriY58PA— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 19, 2019- Arsenal have won consecutive home games against Chelsea in all competitions for the first time since February 2004.- Chelsea have only won one of their last seven away London derbies in the Premier League (D2 L4), winning 1-0 at Crystal Palace in December.- Arsenal are unbeaten in 13 Premier League London derby matches at home (W10 D3), winning the last six in a row.- Chelsea’s first shot on target didn’t come until the 82nd minute, from Marcos Alonso.- 63 per cent of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette’s Premier League goals this season have come in London derbies (5/8).- Only Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (6) has scored more Premier League London derby goals this season than Alexandre Lacazette.- Laurent Koscielny became the first Arsenal defender to score 20 Premier League goals. The Frenchman has scored in each of his nine campaigns in the competition – only Dennis Bergkamp (11), Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott (10 each) have scored in more for the Gunners.What’s next?Sarri gets another chance to tackle a high-profile London derby in Thursday’s EFL Cup final second leg, where Spurs take a 1-0 advantage to Stamford Bridge. Arsenal host Manchester United in the FA Cup a day later. read morelast_img read more

Messi reveals WhatsApp group with Neymar and SuarezMessi reveals WhatsApp group with Neymar and Suarez

first_imgBarcelona star Lionel Messi labelled Neymar a “phenomenon” and revealed he is in a WhatsApp group with the Paris Saint-Germain star and team-mate Luis Suarez.The trio formed one of the world’s best attacks for three seasons at Barca before Neymar moved to the Ligue 1 giants in 2017.Messi, Neymar and Suarez won two La Liga titles, a Champions League and three Copa del Rey crowns together at Barcelona. 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? Neymar has been linked with a return to Camp Nou and Messi revealed he was still in contact with the Brazil forward.”I have a group on WhatsApp where we are – Suarez, Neymar and me,” he told Fox Sports Argentina on Friday.”Neymar is a phenomenon and yes, we continue to talk. The name of the group has something to do with South America … ‘The Three Sudacas’ or something like that.”Messi is preparing to potentially face Uruguayan Suarez and Brazilian Neymar with Argentina during the Copa America.But the Barcelona star is still unhappy about the way his club’s Champions League campaign ended with a semi-final loss to Liverpool, who claimed a 4-0 second-leg win at Anfield.”It was a disgrace what happened at Liverpool. We made silly mistakes,” Messi said.Messi, however, refused to blame under-fire Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde for his side’s defeat. “Until this game we had a spectacular season and in the Liverpool game the manager had no fault.”He wasn’t the guilty one. Liverpool overcame us in attitude. We made stupid mistakes.”The 31-year-old also suggested that his side were mentally scarred by Roma’s similar three-goal comeback against them in last year’s Champions League, and were unable to prevent the same thing happening again at Anfield. “I never imagined that we could repeat the story after losing against Rome the year before. We couldn’t allow ourselves to lose a game this way once again.”They (Liverpool) were physically stronger than us and, when they scored, we remembered Rome.”last_img read more

‘Alisson made mistakes as well’ – Wijnaldum backs Adrian‘Alisson made mistakes as well’ – Wijnaldum backs Adrian

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has no concerns over back-up goalkeeper Adrian despite his error against Southampton, with it pointed out that even Alisson has made mistakes.Jurgen Klopp has been handed more headaches than he would have liked between the sticks at Anfield.Just a matter of weeks into the 2019-20 campaign, the Reds have already seen their first-choice keeper pick up an untimely knock and his understudy make both positive and negative headlines. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Adrian was the penalty shootout hero for Liverpool in a UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea, before suffering a bizarre knock of his own after being clattered by a celebrating supporter.He shook off that ailment to figure in a Premier League clash with Southampton, but nearly cost Liverpool precious points as he gifted Danny Ings a reply for the Saints in a game which ended 2-1.Questions have been asked of the former West Ham custodian on the back of that display, and of Alisson’s recovery schedule, but Wijnaldum sees no cause for alarm.The Dutch midfielder said of the keeper situation on Merseyside: “Those kind of things can happen with a goalkeeper.“Last season it happened to Alisson against Leicester City and in a pre-season friendly.“How is he [Adrian] going to react to the mistake? I think that is more important than the mistake itself.“Everyone can make a mistake, also a goalkeeper. But the only thing is, he is a goalkeeper, and if he makes a mistake, a lot of times, it will result in a goal.”Adrian Liverpool 2019-20Adrian is still settling into new surroundings after being snapped up as a free agent over the summer.Liverpool needed a number two after agreeing to offload Simon Mignolet to Club Brugge.Wijnaldum added, with veteran shot-stopper Andy Lonergan having also been acquired: “Everyone needs time to adjust.“He is just in for, not even two weeks, so we have to get used to each other.“It would have been easier if he had come in from the start with Simon leaving and him coming in.“Now we just have to take the time that we have and train with each other and get to know each other better because everyone needs time to settle in – I had it also when I came here – I think all of the signings had it when they signed for Liverpool. So he will be ok.”Liverpool will be back in action on Saturday, with Adrian likely to provide their last line of defence once more in a home date with Arsenal. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Baker Mayfield Has An Incredible Beard Right NowBaker Mayfield Has An Incredible Beard Right Now

first_imgQuarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after losing to the Georgia Bulldogs 54-48 in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after losing to the Georgia Bulldogs 54-48 in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Former Oklahoma star Baker Mayfield likely won’t start his rookie season for the Cleveland Browns as the team’s starting quarterback. But he seems to be fitting in with his new teammates just fine. It looks like he’s changed his appearance a bit as well.Mayfield this week was spotted on social media with a hefty beard. Mayfield has always sported facial hair, but the photo below makes it seems like he’s taking cues from Brett Favre in the twilight of his career. It looks like he hasn’t shaved in quite a few weeks.Many are also making a Revenant joke, comparing him to Leonardo DiCaprio.Baker Mayfield has grown out a beard.Officially ready for his Revenant trip through Cleveland with the Browns. pic.twitter.com/1u0Larv9D6— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) June 20, 2018Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy this past December, is reportedly “not ready” to compete with Tyrod Taylor for the starting job just yet. A report from Browns camp suggested that while Mayfield has been putting in the time and effort, he likely won’t be the team’s starter this September.That said, things can change. Deshaun Watson, a year ago, was not set to be the Houston Texans starting quarterback before the season began. One half of football into the year, he took over.Mayfield was taken No. 1 overall in this past April’s NFL Draft. Though undersized, he’s viewed as an incredible competitor with solid accuracy and decent athleticism.Mayfield will be tasked with turning around an 0-16 franchise. The beard is a great start.last_img read more

ESPN Names College Football’s No. 1 Game Of The SeasonESPN Names College Football’s No. 1 Game Of The Season

first_imgA photo of the fans in Texas A&M's football stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans cheer during a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 29, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)With the 2018 college football regular season having wrapped up, it’s time to look back.What was your favorite game of the year?ESPN has decided to rank the top 15 games of the 2018 regular season. The No. 1 game is fairly obvious.From ESPN.com:1. Texas A&M 74, LSU 72 in 7 OT, Week 13To paraphrase Stefon from “Saturday Night Live,” this game had everything: 146 points, seven overtimes, a premature Gatorade bath and that thing where a coach’s nephew reportedly gets into a fight with a guy who has a pacemaker.But the best part of the season’s most epic game was that, quite organically, it managed to capture the attention of the entire country. As the rest of the day’s big games wrapped, A&M and LSU were still tussling, and by the third overtime, anyone watching college football was glued to this one. It went from a complete afterthought on Rivalry Weekend to the most talked about drama of the season.And even the endings wouldn’t quite end.It’s tough to argue with that. The Texas A&M-LSU classic was one of the most-memorable games in recent college football history.You can view the full list here.last_img read more

Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush Announces Transfer DecisionNotre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush Announces Transfer Decision

first_imgBrandon Wimbush dropping back for a pass for Notre Dame.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush has announced his graduate transfer decision.Wimbush, who had interest from several major programs, will be heading to UCF for the 2019 season.“The journey continues on,” Wimbush wrote on IG. “A sincere thank you to Notre Dame for giving me endless opportunities on and off the field. Words truly can not describe what this incredible University and the PEOPLE mean to me and always will mean to me. I’m truly thankful. Cannot say it enough.“With that being said, I am excited to announce that UCF has granted me an awesome opportunity to play my last year of collegiate football for their great University. Thank you to Coach Heupel, and Coach Lebby for this incredible opportunity. Looking forward to winning em all!”Former #NotreDame QB Brandon Wimbush announces on Instagram that he will graduate transfer to UCF. pic.twitter.com/wli1EyIBSr— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) January 15, 2019UCF makes sense for Wimbush, who lost his starting job at Notre Dame to Ian Book.The Knights have some major quarterback questions heading into the 2019 season, with McKenzie Milton coming off a disastrous injury.Wimbush threw for 719 yards and 4 touchdowns during the 2018 season.UCF is coming off a 12-1 season that ended with a loss to LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.last_img read more

Jack Kiser Sees Meteoric Rise In 247Sports Recruiting RankingsJack Kiser Sees Meteoric Rise In 247Sports Recruiting Rankings

first_imgBrian Kelly clapping on the Notre Dame sideline.EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 23, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Before 247Sports updated its 2019 recruiting rankings, Jack Kiser was among Notre Dame’s lowest-ranked incoming players.The Pioneer High School star played in a small football division in Indiana, which depressed the amount of coverage he had as a prospect.As a recruit in the program’s backyard, clearly Brian Kelly and his staff knew what they were doing.According to ND Insider, Kiser was ranked No. 672 overall, and No. 43 among outside linebackers in the class of 2019 at 247Sports.With the updated rankings, he has to be one of the recruits whose rankings has gone up the most.Kiser shot up 481 overall spots, to No. 191 overall, and he jumped up to No. 13 at his position.247Sports also made Jack Kiser a four-star recruit in its latest rankings update.From 247’s Tom Loy:Crazy move up the rankings for Jack Kiser. Had an outstanding senior season and career. @JBKiser4. Another big riser is Zeke Correll. That dude is going to have one heck of a career. @zekecorrellMore on #NotreDame here…?? https://t.co/ovRlTSMHyu— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) January 23, 2019Kiser still lags behind in the other rankings that comprise the site’s composite, so he’s at No. 411 overall there and No. 20 among outside linebackers.Still, it is an impressive jump for the future Fighting Irish defender.He is one of 10 early enrollees in Notre Dame’s 2019 class. The group is ranked No. 15 in the country.last_img read more

India Today Conclave 2019: Sunil Gavaskar predicts India vs England World Cup finalIndia Today Conclave 2019: Sunil Gavaskar predicts India vs England World Cup final

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 20:40 IST Vishal GhavriSunil Gavaskar, Michael Clarke, Matthew Hayden and MSK Prasad spoke at the India Today Conclave 2019 (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar picked India and England as the World Cup 2019 finalistsMatthew Hayden felt one among India, England or Australia is going to win the World CupMichael Clarke said “the most courageous team will win the World Cup”Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has predicted an India vs England final at the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in May.India are one of the favourites to lift the trophy for the third time but it will be easier said than done for Virat Kohli’s team.”It certainly is an India vs England final. I think the best thing for Virat is that he has got MS Dhoni around him – Virat has to be in the deep. From the deep, it’s not always possible.. that’s when MSD comes into play. That is Virat’s biggest plus.”He has got a bowling attack which can take wickets in any kind of conditions. 390 is not going to happen with this Indian bowling attack. All-round, the team that has got, is the team that is being moulded by MSK Prasad and his co-selectors,” Gavaskar said at the India Today Conclave 2019.Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden meanwhile, feels the World Cup is going to be a three-horse race between India, hosts England and Australia.”Three-horse race. Australia should be there. India and England. They feel the home pressure and that gives Australia and India a great chance,” Hayden at the Conclave.2015-World Cup winning skipper Michael Clarke however, had a different take on the winner of the tournament.”I believe the most courageous team will win the World Cup. Australia in regards to the competition are trying to compete as opposed to trying to win. Selection has got to be courageous. Five or six teams can win it. The key is to make to make it to the semi-finals,” Clarke said.advertisementFor 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 India Today Conclave 2019Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow Matthew HaydenFollow Michael ClarkeFollow MSK Prasad India Today Conclave 2019: Sunil Gavaskar predicts India vs England World Cup finalCricket legends Sunil Gavaskar, Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke and BCCI’s chief selector MSK Prasad spoke at the India Today Conclave 2019 on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan 3rd fastest to 1000 List A runs, Rohit Sharma goes past MS DhoniShikhar Dhawan 3rd fastest to 1000 List A runs, Rohit Sharma goes past MS Dhoni

first_imgadvertisement Shikhar Dhawan 3rd fastest to 1000 List A runs, Rohit Sharma goes past MS DhoniIndia vs Australia: Shikhar Dhawan became the 3rd fastest to 10000 List A runs after Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers while Rohit Sharma now holds the record for most sixes in ODIs by an Indian. graphs commentary Rajarshi Gupta MohaliMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 10, 2019 16:31 IST India vs Australia 4th ODI Mohali: Shikhar Dhawan scored his 16th ODI century on Sunday. (AP Photo)Shikhar Dhawan became the third fastest batsmen to reach 10,000 List A runs after Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers during the fourth one-day international between India and Australia in Mohali on Sunday. Dhawan, had not scored a hundred in ODIs in 17 innings, returned to form with a dominating hundred.Dhawan has reached the 10,000 List A runs mark in 239 innings. Virat Kohli remains the fastest to have reached the landmark in 219 innings while AB de Villiers is second on the list (225 innings).Dhawan was out for 143 which is now his career-best in one-day internationals. He had last scored a fifty in ODIs back in January against New Zealand and had since struggled to get going. His return to form before the World Cup will be a huge relief for India.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA LIVE SCORE, 4TH ODIMeanwhile, Rohit Sharma fell five short of his 23rd ODI hundred but he went past MS Dhoni to hit most sixes for India in ODIs.Rohit would have overtaken Sourav Ganguly to move third in the list of century makers for India. Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Virat Kohli (41) head the all-time list for century makers in one-day cricket.Dhawan silenced his critics with a classy 143. Before the start of the 3rd ODI, Gautam Gambhir had suggested KL Rahul should be the preferred opener. But Rahul, playing his first ODI since the Koffee with Karan controversy, batted at No.4.He (Dhawan) was never my backup opener. He was always my first-choice. The kind of form he has shown in the two T20Is… I thought was fabulous. He was our best batsman though Virat Kohli and other people got runs. They should have continued giving him these five games (ODIs). Irrespective of how he delivers, he should have played all these games,” Gautam Gambhir said before the start of the match.advertisement”When you play the first match at the World Cup, you want all your batsmen to be in top form. Not only these two matches, the IPL and the warm-up matches at the World Cup, I think the team management will be looking at whether KL Rahul is hitting the ball well or Shikhar Dhawan,” VVS Laxman had said.”Shikhar has not been in great form. Australia series and then in New Zealand and these three ODIs he has looked very, very shaky. There was no rhythm to his game. He is a rhythm player. When players like him don’t have rhythm, they will not be able to rotate the strike and it will put pressure on his partner,” Laxman added.Also Read | Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan set new Indian record in ODIs against AustraliaAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan hits 16th ODI hundred to roar back to formAlso Read | Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan surpass Tendulkar-Sehwag in ODIsFor 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 Tags :Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 4th ODIcenter_img No data available! view more view less scorecardlast_img read more

How Manohar Parrikar gave wings to Tejaswini Sawant’s shooting careerHow Manohar Parrikar gave wings to Tejaswini Sawant’s shooting career

first_imgHow Manohar Parrikar gave wings to Tejaswini Sawant’s shooting careerManohar Parrikar had come to the aid of Tejaswini Sawant at a time when she was in urgent need of funds to participate in Shooting World Championship and from there, her career took off.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 22:26 IST The deceased Manohar Parrikar had helped Tejaswini Sawant participate in the Shooting World Championship, from where her career took flight. (@virendersehwag Photo)Fifteen years ago, when ace shooter Tejaswini Sawant, then not so well-known, was in urgent need of funds to participate in a shooting world championship in Germany, the then Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar became her ray of hope.The support not only enabled the shooter from Kolhapur in Maharashtra to participate in the competition in 2005, but also became a turning point in her career as she scaled new heights thereafter, Sawant told PTI.Her only regret now is that she could not thank the chief minister enough for his generosity which made a big contribution in her life and shooting career.”It was a brief meeting with Parrikar along with family friend and senior BJP leader Chandrakant Patil. I told Parrikar about the amount I required for the tournament. He promptly signed a cheque for the same,” the ace shooter said.”The amount was around Rs 1 lakh and it was the most needed help for me that changed my entire career,” she said.It helped Sawant move ahead as she scored 397 and 396 points out of 400, comfortably securing a place among the mainstream shooters to represent India in future international tournaments.She later became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the World Championships, with a world-record equalling score in the 50m rifle prone event in 2010 in Germany. After 2006, Sawant has won several gold and other medals in international championships.”I could do it only because of two people. First, Manohar Parrikar for his trust and financial support, and then Chandrakant Patil, who took my case to Parrikar,” she said.advertisementShe said after the early success in her career, she received offers for a job in the Goa government and financial help for travel and training expenses till she wanted to play.Sawant is now an officer in Maharashtra government.”I regret that I could never thank Parrikar properly for his contribution in my life and career,” the shooter said while expressing grief over his demise.When contacted, Patil, Maharashtra’s revenue minister, said he shared close ties with Parrikar. He said when Sawant approached him, Parrikar’s name came to his mind and he called him.”He was like that [generous]. In case of Tejaswini, Parrikar helped her in his own capacity. He didn’t use government money [to give her]. He spent from his pocket but never brought up the issue in our subsequent conversations,” Patil recalled.Also Read | Manohar Parrikar cremated as thousands join PM Modi, Amit Shah to bid him farewellFor 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 Tags :Follow Manohar ParrikarFollow Tejaswini SawantFollow Shooting Nextlast_img read more

Bad times are over: Lin Dan after ending title drought at Malaysia Open 2019Bad times are over: Lin Dan after ending title drought at Malaysia Open 2019

first_imgBad times are over: Lin Dan after ending title drought at Malaysia Open 2019Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan ended a two-year drought for a major title when he defeated compatriot Chen Long in the men’s singles final of Malaysia Open Super 750 tournament on Sunday. advertisement Press Trust of India Kuala LumpurApril 7, 2019UPDATED: April 7, 2019 20:07 IST Malaysia Open 2019: Lin Dan defeated Chen Long in three games in the men’s singles final (@BWFMedia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLin Dan defeated Chen Long 9-21, 21-7, 21-11 in a 78-minute final of Malaysia Open 2019Malaysia great Lee Chong Wei, who has recovered from nose cancer, presented the awards in Kuala LumpurI was determined to play well and was hungry for victory … I think the bad times are overChinese badminton ace Lin Dan clinched the Malaysia Open on Sunday after an electric performance against countryman Chen Long to claim his first major title in two years.The win comes after the five-time world champion made several early round exits since January, including at the Indonesia Masters, German Open and the All-England.But in a nail-biting 78-minute match, the world number 16 smashed his way back to victory with a final score that tallied 9-21, 21-7, 21-11.I doubted myself: Lin Dan on lean patchSpeaking to reporters afterwards, Lin said his game against two-time world champion Chen was a sign that his spate of bad luck was finally over.”My performance last year was not ideal, and I was under a lot of pressure and even doubted myself,” he said.”But here in Malaysia, I was determined to play well and was hungry for victory … I think the bad times are over.”It was a game that saw Lin up against an in-form Chen, who got breezed through the Open impressively in a series of straight matches.But the 35-year-old Lin, five years Chen’s senior, dictated the pace by working his opponent with deft netplay and his trademark ferocious front court smash.The title is Lin’s first win this year, and also his first major success since taking the Malaysia Open in 2017.The two-time Olympic gold medallist received a $49,000 cash prize presented by his long-time Malaysian rival Lee Chong Wei, who sat out the Open over his cancer recovery.advertisementLin said he hoped to meet Lee on court again, as both men prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Lee has been on the sidelines since July last year, when he was diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer, and is seeking to make a full recovery.The women’s singles saw Taiwanese top seed Tai Tzu-ying clinch her third consecutive Malaysia Open title after a dominant 21-16, 21-19 triumph over Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.China dominated all the other events, winning the mixed doubles, women’s doubles and the men’s doubles.Chinese duo Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen beat Japanese pair Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda 21-12, 21-17 to win the men’s doubles.Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong and Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan also clinched the mixed doubles and women’s doubles respectively.Also Read | Malaysia Open: Indian challenge ends as Kidambi Srikanth loses to Chen LongFor 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 Malaysia Open 2019Follow Lin DanFollow Chen LongFollow Lee Chong WeiFollow Badminton scores Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Match against India, an opportunity to showcase our skills, says Jason HolderWorld Cup 2019: Match against India, an opportunity to showcase our skills, says Jason Holder

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Match against India, an opportunity to showcase our skills, says Jason HolderWorld Cup 2019: West Indies skipper Jason Holder said his team’s aim is to win all their remaining three matches by showcasing their skills.advertisement Asian News International ManchesterJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 19:35 IST West Indies will face India next in their World Cup game on June 26. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies will face India in their next World Cup 2019 game on June 27West Indies have just 1 win from their 6 World Cup games so farWI are placed 8th on the World Cup points table with 3 pointsAhead of the West Indies-India match in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Carribean skipper Jason Holder said that match against India is always a big occasion and the team would look to showcase their skills.”Match against India is always a big one. We are looking forward to it. We need to finish our campaign and our objective is to win all our remaining matches. It’s a matter of displaying a perfect game, tomorrow is another opportunity for us to showcase our skills,” Holder told reporters.West Indies were given a big blow in the tournament as their star all-rounder Andre Russell was ruled out of the World Cup. The team is also dealing with the injury scare of opener Evin Lewis.However, Holder said that Lewis went for a scan today and nothing showed up, so the team would be taking a call on him tomorrow.”Evin had a scan and nothing showed up. We will make an assessment tomorrow morning and then we will take a call,” Holder said.”Russell was playing through pain. We sat with him, he went through numerous tests and then we took a call on him,” he added.West Indies had a good start to their World Cup campaign as they thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets in their opening match. But ever since that win, West Indies have failed to spring wins and they are languishing at the eighth position in the tournament standings.The team from the Carribean have a slim chance of qualifying for the knock-out stage as they have won just one match from six games. Holder said that is is important to learn from mistakes and seizing the crunch moments in the tournament.advertisement”It’s important for us to learn from our mistakes. We have three matches remaining in the tournament and we will look to win all our games. On numerous occasions, we did not seize the crucial moments. We were just outplayed by England, in all the other matches we were in there with a chance,” Holder said.”We have had some close games in our World cup campaign so far. Who knows what the result could have been in certain games. Other teams are seizing crucial moments and winning the crunch moments is required in a tournament like World Cup,” he added.West Indies opener Chris Gayle is playing his last World Cup and skipper Holder said that the left-hander has been a good role model as he has always been there to help.Gayle who had said that he would be retiring from international cricket after the World Cup, earlier in the day said that his plan is to play a Test match against India later this year.”Chris has done a hell of a job, he has always been there to help. Guys look up to him and he’s an honest person so he has been good for us,” Holder said.”He really didn’t say anything in the dressing room. He has a lot to offer and I hope his body can hold up. I need to have a serious conversation with him, his presence will definitely benefit us,” he added.West Indies batsmen have failed to put up big scores consistently in the tournament. The players have provided starts at the top but they have not been able to play a big knock.”I am proud of the boys, I think Shai has done a good job so far and it’s up to the guys to take the innings deeper. We need to see how Kane Williamson plays, the guys need to take a look and learn from him,” Holder said.West Indies takes on India on June 27 in Manchester.Also Read | Chris Gayle to retire from international cricket after home Tests vs IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: All eyes on MS Dhoni’s approach as India take on West IndiesAlso 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 World Cup 2019Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Jason Holder Nextlast_img read more

India topple England, go top of ODI rankingsIndia topple England, go top of ODI rankings

first_img Press Trust of India ManchesterJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 19:12 IST India toppled England to become the top ranked ODI team in the latest ICC rankings. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia rose to top of ICC ODI rankings after their unbeaten run in World Cup 2019India are followed by England and New Zealand in the rankingsHowever, if India lose to the West Indies on Thursday, they will slip one point behind EnglandIndia Thursday dethroned England to rise to the top of One-day International rankings, just three days ahead of their blockbuster World Cup clash.As per the latest rankings released by the ICC, India led the chart with 123 points, followed by World Cup hosts England (122) and New Zealand (114).The first team to reach the semifinals of the ongoing edition, defending champions Australia are placed fourth with 112 points.However, if India lose to the West Indies on Thursday, they will slip one point behind England.India and England are due to play in Birmingham on June 30.If India win that match after beating the West Indies, they will move to 124 points with England dropping to 121. On the other hand, if England win, they will move back to top position with 123 points and India a point behind them.If India lose to the West Indies but beat England, they will remain ahead with 122 points to England’s 121.However, England will gain a lead of three points if they beat India after India lose to the West Indies. England will reach 123 points in such a scenario with India on 120 points.India have exhibited top form in the showpiece, winning four matches with one game being washed out. While England wobbled after a good start and will need to do well in their last two matches.Also Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal sparks off controversyAlso 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 ICC ODI rankingFollow ICC rankings India topple England, go top of ODI rankingsWith 123 points, India surpassed England to sit on the top of the latest ICC ODI Rankings. India are followed by World Cup 2019 hosts England (122) and New Zealand (114).advertisementlast_img read more

What a way to make a comeback to Test cricket: Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Steve SmithWhat a way to make a comeback to Test cricket: Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Steve Smith

first_img Asian News International MumbaiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 09:02 IST Steve Smith played his first Test match since returning from a one-year ball-tampering ban (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith scored 144 and 142 in both innings of the first Ashes TestSmith became the 5th Aussie batsman to hit two hundreds in an Ashesh TestAustralia (284 & 487/7d) beat England (374 & 146) by 251 runs to take a 1-0 series leadFormer India captain Sachin Tendulkar on Monday lauded Australia’s top-order batsman Steve Smith on making a remarkable comeback to Test cricket.His remarks came after Australia’s 251-run win over England in the first Test match of the ongoing Ashes at Edgbaston.”Well played Smith. What a way to make a comeback to Test cricket.Terrific bowling by @NathLyon421. Congratulations to Australia for winning the first Test match. #Ashes,” Tendulkar tweeted.Well played Smith. What a way to make a comeback to Test cricket.Terrific bowling by @NathLyon421.Congratulations to Australia for winning the first Test match.#Ashes pic.twitter.com/qH0aMLvQANSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 5, 2019Australia were down and out in the first innings of the Test as they were reduced to 122/8, but Steven Smith played a knock of 144 runs to enable Australia to post 284 runs in the first innings.Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif also lauded Australia’s win.”Winning a test match by 251 runs after being 122/8 in the first innings doesn’t happen very often. A remarkable test match for Steve Smith, and well done Nathan Lyon and Cummins. #Ashes19,” Kaif tweeted.Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell was ecstatic with the team’s win and wrote: “Australia!!!!!!! You bloody beauty!!!!! 1-0 #ashes”.England scored 374 runs in the second innings, gaining a lead of 90 runs, owing to Rory Burns’ century. But in the second innings Australia registered the score of 497/7, owing to Smith’s knock of 142 runs.With this score, Smith became only the fifth Australian to register centuries in both innings of the Ashes Test. He also surpassed Indian skipper Virat Kohli to become the second-fastest batsman to register 25 Test centuries.advertisementChasing 398, England were bundled out for 146 runs as Nathan Lyon scalped six wickets, becoming only the fourth Australian to take more than 350 wickets in Test cricket.Australia and England would now face each other in the second Test match in Ashes from August 18 at Lord’s Cricket Ground.Also Read | Steve Smith best Test player in the world: Tim Paine after Australia win Ashes openerAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Joe Root ‘bitterly disappointed’ after England lose 1st TestAlso Read | Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon script victory as Australia go 1-0 up vs EnglandFor 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 Sachin TendulkarFollow Steve SmithFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australia What a way to make a comeback to Test cricket: Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Steve SmithSachin Tendulkar’s remarks came after Australia’s 251-run win over England in the 1st Ashes Test match at Edgbaston in which Steve Smith scored a combined total of 186 runs in both innings.advertisementlast_img read more