10 months agoRoma great Pruzzo calls for Mourinho move

first_imgRoma great Pruzzo calls for Mourinho moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma great Roberto Pruzzo would like to see them move for former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.Eusebio di Francesco is under pressure at Roma and Pruzzo believes Mourinho should be considered.Pruzzo told Corriere dello Sport: “One wonders why some players have been sold and why others have been bought because there is no playing model in Rome. “This team, more than anything, does not excite. It lacks great champions. “If Di Francesco were to be fired, Roma would need someone like Mourinho, even though it may be a dream.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: Leicester rattled us into mental confusion

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: Leicester rattled us into mental confusionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was furious with his players after their shock defeat at home to Leicester City.Jamie Vardy’s 51st-minute goal at Stamford Bridge was enough to secure a morale-boosting victory for under-fire Leicester manager Claude Puel.”I think we played very well for 55 minutes, we played very good football,” Sarri told reporters after the 1-0 loss.”After the goal the reaction was, for me, a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players and so it was very strange.”I think we could have done better in the reaction. We only had to continue to play as in the first part of the match, there was time to score without a reaction as a team shocked, as a team in mental confusion.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Cagliari midfielder Barella reluctant to join Chelsea

first_img​Cagliari midfielder Barella reluctant to join Chelseaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are struggling to convince Nicolo Barella to join the club.According to the Evening Standard, the player is the one the Blues want to replace Cesc Fabregas.The Spaniard is set for a switch to Monaco this month.But the 21-year-old Barella is in fine form with Cagliari and he is worried that he would not get the necessary game time at Stamford Bridge.He has started 18 Serie A games in central midfield this season.A possible move for Barella would cost Chelsea roughly £45 million. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signing

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signingby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has included Lucas Paqueta in his squad for their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.The former Flamengo attacker is now in line to make his debut today.“He’s smart, wide away, a player with very clear characteristics,” said Gattuso. “He seems more European than Brazilian, as he combines quality with physical strength, sprays passes around and always wants the ball. “We’ve made a huge signing.” last_img read more

Photos: Nike Releases Custom Free Trainer Sneakers For 3 Premier Hoops Programs

first_imgDuke and UNC get set for the tip.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)As they did for several college football programs in the summer, Nike is releasing custom Free Trainer 5.0’s for Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky just in time for basketball season. The shoes are being released Friday, and you can see more information on each pair on the official Nike page. Below are a handful of photos of the new kicks, all of which are very sharp. Nike has new trainers ready for college basketball season: https://t.co/Tg1eNYLg9g pic.twitter.com/wE6eeSlWRE— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) October 26, 2015Nike releases UNC, Duke and Kentucky team sneakers for the start of the season … pic.twitter.com/5upfqrchs6— Chip Miller (@BLUEChip_Miller) October 27, 2015last_img read more

Villanova Remains No. 1 In College Basketball Polls, Duke Returns To Top 25

first_imgCoaches Poll from the 2015-16 college basketball season.USA TodayAfter a two week hiatus, the Duke Blue Devils are back in the Top 25 after dropping out of the polls for the first time in eight years on February 1. Duke has been playing better as of late, and secured a massive win over then-No. 7 Virginia on Saturday thanks to a controversial buzzer beater by Grayson Allen, launching them back into the two Top 25 polls.Here’s the far baseline view of Grayson Allen’s shot pic.twitter.com/I0vb4BQTc3— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 13, 2016At the top of the polls, Villanova hangs on at No. 1 for the second straight week after comfortable wins at DePaul and vs. St. John’s. The Wildcats may not be an overwhelming No. 1, but with their only losses coming to Oklahoma, Virginia, and in overtime to Providence, they are consistent in a year that’s been anything but for the college basketball world.Here is the full AP Top 25:1. Villanova 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma4. Iowa 5. North Carolina 6. Maryland 7. Virginia T-8. Xavier  T-8. Michigan State 10. West Virginia11. Miami (FL) 12. Arizona13. Iowa State 14. Kentucky 15. Dayton 16. Oregon    17. Purdue 18. Louisville  19. Notre Dame20. Duke 21. SMU 22. Indiana23. Providence  24. Texas25. BaylorHere is the USA Today Coaches’ Poll:1. Villanova 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma4. North Carolina 5. Maryland 6. Iowa 7. Xavier  8. Virginia 9. Michigan State 10. Miami (FL)11. West Virginia12. Arizona13. Dayton   14. Kentucky 15. Iowa State16. Purdue 17. Oregon    18. Notre Dame 19. Duke 20. Providence  21. Indiana22. Baylor23. South Carolina24. Texas A&M25. Texaslast_img read more

Vallejo keen on Real Madrid stay

first_imgJesus Vallejo plans to stay at Real Madrid and fight for his place rather than join an expected exodus from the Liga giants.Currently making his mark on the international stage at the European Under-21 Championship, with three appearances in the starting XI, Vellejo and his Spain team-mates are one step away from clinching victory as they take on holders Germany in Sunday’s final, with kick-off at 7.45pm BST (2.45pm ET).However, opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu are likely to be limited for Vallejo in the 2019-20 season after Madrid snapped up Eder Militao from Porto during this summer’s transfer window.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Currently on international duty with the Brazilian squad, who have reached the semi-finals of the Copa America, Militao will compete with Raphael Varane and club captain Sergio Ramos for a spot, while Zinedine Zidane also has the versatile Nacho Fernandez as a centre-back option.Spanish defender Vallejo made only five La Liga appearances last term but scored his first league goal for Madrid in a 3-2 home win against Villarreal in May. The 22-year-old spent the 2016-2017 season loan at Eintracht Frankfurt but is determined to cement his place at the Santiago Bernabeu.”I’m very focused on the national team,” Vallejo said to Cadena COPE ahead of Sunday’s European Under-21 Championship final. “But I want to stay at Madrid. I’m very happy and I want to succeed at the club.”Having splashed the cash to sign Militao, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy in a rebuilding of Zidane’s squad, Madrid are expected to allow several players to leave to raise funds.With Marcos Llorente having been sold to city rivals Atletico Madrid, the likes of Isco, Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and Dani Ceballos are among those expected to be moved on, but Vallejo does not intend to depart.Vellejo and fellow Madridista Ceballos are among seven players hoping to make amends from the disappointment of losing out to Germany in the 2017 U-21 European Championship final in Poland, as they prepare to take on a strong Stefan Kuntz side with the likes SC Freiburg’s Luca Waldschmidt in fine scoring form.last_img read more

This School’s Recruiting Graphic Is Getting Crushed

Zach Mettenberge releases a pass against Arkansas.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Zach Mettenberger #8 of the LSU Tigers throws a a pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 29, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Which college football program produces the best quarterback talent? USC takes the cake with the most quarterbacks drafted, with a few notable names such as Carson Palmer and Vince Evans.Let’s narrow that down to the SEC. One school believes it is “QBU” at least over the past 20 years.New LSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Steve Ensminger touted the program’s strength at the position.Check it out.“Competition breeds excellence.”Come compete to be the best right here at LSU #GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/uAEHDJAsvz— Steve Ensminger (@SteveEnsminger) May 15, 2018The graphic didn’t go over too well on Twitter, with people coming out of the woodwork to rip LSU for its recruiting tools.Each one more terrible than the last— Kelsi Hendrix ?? (@KelsiHendrix10) May 15, 2018This is just sad— A&E presents: A True Duck Story? (@JusGettinBetter) May 15, 2018Their marks on the NFL are undeniable…— Gator (@hgators85) May 15, 2018Matt Flynn has had the best NFL career and it’s been spent as a backup. Yes, Rohan Davey won two Super Bowls, but he wasn’t good enough to hold off Matt Cassell for the third-string spot on the New England Patriots.Perhaps the Tigers should stick to touting their defensive backs instead? Just a suggestion. read more

Hall of Fame College Football Coach Has Died

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A Hall of Fame college football coach has passed away. George Welsh, longtime Navy and Virginia head coach, passed away on Wednesday, according to a release from the University of Virginia.He was 85. Welsh was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004 after leading Navy back to prominence and bringing Virginia into the conversation.Virginia announced the news here.College Football Hall of Fame Coach George Welsh passes away.He led UVA to a 134-86-3 record from 1982 to 2000.Details: https://t.co/ZVopNxXBF1#RIPCoachWelsh pic.twitter.com/EBH5vilGVp— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) January 4, 2019Welsh compiled a 182-132-4 overall record as a head coach. He was awarded the Bobby Dodd Award as the national coach of the year in 1991 and was named the ACC Coach of the Year four times – 1983, 1984, 1991 and 1995.He also starred as a quarterback for the Midshipmen during his collegiate football career. Welsh was a first-team All-American in 1955 and finished third in the Heisman voting behind Howard Cassady of Ohio State and Jim Swink of Texas Christian.Welsh went on to work as an assistant under Rip Engle and Joe Paterno at Penn State after his playing career.last_img read more

2 Top NFL Draft Prospects Barred From Attending NFL Combine

first_imgJalen Ramsey running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)While the majority of football fans have their eyes on the upcoming Super Bowl, the NFL Draft is approaching sooner than people think.Once the finishing touches are put on this season, the next important event will come at the NFL Combine. The best prospects from the country will have the opportunity to make a lasting impression on tons of league executives.Two very intriguing prospects have been barred from attending the combine, though.According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons and Colorado State wideout Preston Williams don’t meet the criteria for the NFL’s policy about past issues involving violence.League policy states that players can’t participate at the combine if a background check shows misdemeanor or felony convictions, such as domestic violence, sexual offense or sexual assault.Simmons was arrested in 2016 due to a physical dispute with a woman, meanwhile Williams was also arrested for an altercation involving a woman that occurred in 2017.This is huge news for both prospects, especially considering that scouts are high on their potential.Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons – a potential top-10 pick – and Colorado State WR Preston Williams have been informed they won’t be invited to the scouting combine because they don’t meet the criteria under the NFL’s policy about past issues involving violence, sources say.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 31, 2019Simmons is one of the best interior defenders in this class, as he finished his final collegiate season with 63 total tackles, a forced fumble and two sacks.On the other hand, Williams proved his worth at Colorado State by hauling in 96 catches for 1,345 yards and 14 touchdowns.They’ll have to showcase their athletic skills at their respective pro day workouts.last_img read more

Penn State Lands Big 2020 Commitment

first_imgPenn State players run out onto the field.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – NOVEMBER 18: Terrell Golden #4 and Maurice Evans #48 of Penn State celebrate as they enter the field before the game against Michigan State at Beaver Stadium November 18, 2006 in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Penn State added a major piece to its 2020 recruiting class earlier today. Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic offensive lineman Golden Achumba is a Nittany Lion.Achumba became the sixth verbal commitment for Penn State in this recruiting cycle. He’s the second offensive lineman in the class, joining fellow three-star Grant Toutant.“I’m honored to have been able to experience the recruitment process,” Achumba wrote on Twitter. “With that being said, I am 100 percent committed to The Pennsylvania State University!”I’m committed to….#WeAre #PSUnrivaled #OneDeMatha #Blessed @PennStateFball @DeMathaFootball pic.twitter.com/LzJTSyJxHR— BigDogGolden🇳🇬 (@Golden_A70) April 2, 2019Achumba committed to PSU after unofficially visiting campus last week.He is the 16th-ranked prospect in Maryland and the No. 24 offensive guard in the 2020 cycle, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Penn State is coming off a 9-4 season and a loss in the Citrus Bowl. The Nittany Lions are entering year six under James Franklin.Currently, Penn State has the No. 13 recruiting class in the 2020 cycle. You can view their full haul here.last_img read more

Nebraska Makes Big Changes To Football Roster

first_img The four players looking to transfer are Caleb Lightbourn, Quayshon Alexander, Breon Dixon and Cam’ron Jones.Losing Dixon and Jones is brutal for the Cornhuskers considering they were both four-star recruits. As for Lightbourn and Alexander, they’re hoping to find more playing time with their next team.McKewon also revealed that several walk-ons will leave the program, cutting the roster down to 149 players.Nebraska’s APR scores are in: https://t.co/86nghpJTUU #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) May 8, 2019The belief is that Nebraska will add 24 walk-ons over the course of the summer.Either way, it’s clear that changes will continue to occur for the Cornhuskers as they prepare for their second season under head coach Scott Frost.[Omaha World-Herald] Shot of the Nebraska football program, led by Scott Frost.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)With the summer quickly approaching, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have made sizable changes to their roster. The program trimmed its roster earlier this week.The Cornhuskers will enter this upcoming season with the hope that they’ll recapture their success down the stretch in 2018. Obviously the team’s record didn’t indicate that it’s heading in the right direction, but winning four out of the last six games is certainly an improvement.Most signs point to things looking up for Nebraska, but it did receive its share of unfortunate news this week as well.Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald is reporting that four scholarship players for Nebraska have submitted their name into the NCAA transfer portal.last_img read more

Notre Dame Releases Depth Chart For Season Opener

first_img The starting lineup consists of quarterback Ian Book, running back Jafar Armstrong, and wide receivers Chase Claypool and Chris Finke.Here is Notre Dame’s depth chart for its season opener against Louisville:Notre Dame just sent a corrected depth chart for week 1. The changes:-John Drisken to backup RG-Andrew Kristofic is backup RT-Jahmir Jones 3rd string DE behind Kareem and Ade-BUCK backups are Genmark-Heath or Jack Lamb-MIKE backup is Shayne Simon(One more change, hold on) pic.twitter.com/zvfKisGmqG— Austin Hough (@AustinHoughTGN) August 28, 2019Brock Wright will start at tight end until Kmet returns from his injury. He only had two receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown last season.An interesting note on the depth chart is that Shayne Simon will be the secondary option at middle linebacker. The starter for Week 1 is junior Drew White.Notre Dame fans – how do you feel about the depth chart for Week 1? Ian Book looks on as Notre Dames faces Clemson in the College Football Playoff.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on in the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Notre Dame will be the last ranked team to play in Week 1, but the team has already released its depth chart for its season opener. For the most part, the starting lineups don’t have any notable omissions.The Fighting Irish saw their undefeated season end to the hands of the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff. It’ll probably take a similar campaign from Brian Kelly’s squad if they want to make the postseason this year.It wasn’t an easy fall camp for Notre Dame as it dealt with a few key injuries. Cole Kmet fractured his collarbone and Jahmir Smith suffered a broken hand.Despite all the injuries plaguing the Fighting Irish, the offense still has plenty of playmakers that will start Week 1.last_img read more

Refugee Bahraini footballer, freed from Thai jail, says ‘I love Australia’

first_imgRefugee Bahraini footballer, freed from Thai jail, says ‘I love Australia’Hakeem Al Araibi who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was released from prison in Bangkok on Monday.advertisement Reuters SydneyFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 19:04 IST Hakeem Al Araibi reached Australia on Tuesday after being freed from the Thai jail (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHakeem Al Araibi fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in AustraliaBahrain accused Araibi of crimes committed during the Arab Spring protests of 2011Araibi was released from the Thai prison in Bangkok on Monday amidst cheersA refugee Bahraini footballer who was held in a Thai prison for more than two months at the Gulf state’s request arrived in his adoptive home Australia on Tuesday, television pictures showed, to cheers and the great relief of his wife.Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was released from prison in Bangkok on Monday. Authorities in Bahrain accused Araibi of crimes committed during the Arab Spring protests of 2011, charges which he denied.”Australia is my country. I don’t have citizenship yet, but my country is Australia … I love Australia, I will die in Australia,” Araibi said after he disembarked in Melbourne airport from a Thai Airways flight.Hundreds of supporters clamoured to embrace him, TV footage showed, and cheered “Welcome home, Hakeem!”. He wore the colours of Pascoe Vale, the semi-professional team he plays for in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city.”Finally, this nightmare has ended,” Araibi’s wife, who has asked for her name not to be published to protect her safety, said in a statement. “My heart is now full with gratitude. Just so thankful that these tears are falling out of relief and joy.”Newlywed Araibi went to Thailand for his honeymoon but was arrested upon arrival in Bangkok in November, following an Interpol “red notice” issued at Bahrain’s request and brought to Thailand’s attention by Australian police.He had been convicted of vandalising a police station in Bahrain and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in absentia.Araibi has denied any wrongdoing, saying that he was playing in a televised match at the time the offence was committed, and was granted asylum in Australia in 2017. Bahrain, however, sought his extradition from Thailand.advertisementHe was freed after nearly three months of high-drama diplomacy, legal manoeuvring by the governments of Australia, Thailand and Bahrain, and a loud public campaign by footballers and human rights activists.WIDESPREAD SUPPORTAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison twice wrote to his Thai counterpart to urge Araibi’s release, while Foreign Minister Marise Payne travelled to Bangkok to press for his freedom.Bahrain halted its extradition bid on Monday, while reserving the right to pursue further action against Araibi.Craig Foster, a former Australian soccer captain, also led efforts and drew support from Australia’s leading goal scorer, Tim Cahill, and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.”To fight incredibly hard for not just a young player who virtually no one knew, but a refugee who was under our protection … speaks volumes about the character, the values and the pride that we have as Australians,” Foster told reporters in Melbourne after embracing Araibi.Australia has announced a review of its procedures for handling Interpol red notices. It said Araibi’s case, which it flagged to Thai authorities, should never have been issued because of his refugee status.Interpol notices are requested by member countries and are then issued by Interpol after a compliance check, according to Interpol’s website. It is then up to member countries to determine its weight or legal value.Australian police have not commented on the case or their vetting of the notice, beyond confirming that they informed Thailand of Araibi’s impending arrival.International law academic Lorraine Finlay, a lecturer at Perth’s Murdoch University, said it was not clear what process the Australian Federal Police had followed, other than that it appeared to be highly automated.”Now that Hakeem Al Araibi is back in Australia … we need to make sure that no person we offer protection to is ever put in this situation again,” she said.Also Read | England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies aged 81Also Read | Emiliano Sala died of head, torso injuries in crashAlso Read | Fire strikes another Brazilian club days after Flamengo tragedy, 2 players in hospitalFor 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 BahrainFollow RefugeeFollow Hakeem Al AraibiFollow ThailandFollow JailFollow Australia Nextlast_img read more

All England Championships: Saina Nehwal through, Sameer Verma goes down fighting

first_img Ritayan Basu BirminghamMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 14:24 IST All England Championships: Saina Nehwal easily beat Kirsty Gilmour in straight games (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal easily beat Kirsty Gilmour 21-17, 21-18Sameer Verma lost to Viktor Axelsen 21-16, 18-21, 14-21Kidambi Srikanth won his match as PV Sindhu crashed outSaina Nehwal beat Kirsty Gilmour in straight games but Sameer Verma’s challenge came to end at the All England Championships, after losing to Viktor Axelsen in Birmingham on Wednesday.Nehwal, who is World Number 9, easily defeated her opponent form Scotland with a 21-17, 21-18 victory in the first round of the women’s singles to qualify for the next round.”I really enjoy a lot, it is something every player looks up to. The challenge is even more tough than regular Super Series events as everyone wants to have the trophy. You have to play your natural game to be the best and can’t really put the pressure on yourself, ‘that you have to have it’. If it is in your destiny then you will get it. The challenge is to give your and beat the best players,” Saina said after the match.Nehwal will meet Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt in the second round on Thursday.Always great to see @NSaina at the All EnglandCatch her reaction after a hard-fought contest with Scotland’s @KirstyGilmourr in a match where both players gave their all #YAE19 #allengland19 https://t.co/Qo9sZYd3XD pic.twitter.com/jiazNbVDWyYonex All England (@YonexAllEngland) March 6, 2019Sameer, on the other hand, gave a tough fight to Axelsen but went down 21-16, 18-21, 14-21.In mixed doubles, Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra, who is coming back from an injury, lost 21-23 17-21 to Hong King’s Chang Tak Ching and NG Wing Yung. While, B. Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri lost to the Chinese pair of Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu 21-19, 21-16, 21-14 in their men’s doubles first round matchadvertisementEarlier, India other star shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out following a hard fought defeat to Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea in the first round of the women’s singlesSindhu went down 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 in an hour and 20 minutes.”There were too many points for me to cover and it was a good game overall. Maybe I should have controlled much more. It was just my bad luck and it was just not my day because my mid-court smashes were just going to the net. Overall, she played well,” Sindhu said after the match.B Sai Praneeth advanced beat compatriot H.S. Prannoy 21-19, 21-19 to progress to the second round of the men’s singles. Kidambi Srikanth also navigated the first round hurdle with a 21-13, 21-11 against France’s Brice Leverdez.In women’s doubles, the pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha Ram qualoified for the second round with a 18-21, 21-12, 21-12 win over the Russian pair of Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova. While, the more experienced Indian women’s doubles combination of Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy went down 21-16, 26-28, 16-21 to the world No.7 Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto in an hour and 17 minutes.Also Read | Srikanth eases into Round 2, Ashwini-Sikki go down fightingAlso Read | Sindhu crashes out in Round 1, Sai Praneeth knocks out PrannoyAlso Read | For me All England Badminton Championships is just another tournament: PV SindhuFor 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 All England ChampionshipsFollow Saina NehwalFollow Sammer Verma Next All England Championships: Saina Nehwal through, Sameer Verma goes down fightingSaina Nehwal safely navigated her way through to the second round with a straight game victory over Kirsty Gilmour, while Sameer Verma went down fight to Viktor Axelsen at the All England Championships.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli on RCB’s huge loss to CSK: Good to get a game like this out of the way

first_imgadvertisement commentary No data available! scorecard Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 23:37 IST Virat Kohli’s RCB opened their IPL 2019 campaign with a thumping loss against CSK. (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said neither team had control over the pitch at the Chepauk after RCB lost to CSKRCB were bowled out for 70; CSK batsmen also struggled but won by 7 wicketsKohli admitted RCB should have batted better irrespective of the pitchVirat Kohli was not entirely pleased with the pitch on offer at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium after Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for 70 and lost the opening match of IPL 2019 to defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets. However, Kohli credited CSK and said the hosts deserved to win.It was a slow pitch which greeted both teams for the season opener. Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir picked 3 wickets apiece to blow RCB away. Chennai Super Kings took their time and brought up victory in the 18th over.However, Kohli said it was good to game the game out of the way and reckoned RCB would be ready to do better and appeared happy with the way his bowlers fought against a formidable batting line-up.IPL 2019 CSK VS RCB: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORT”No one wants to start like this, but it’s good to get a game like this out of the way – this early in the tournament,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”We spoke of trying to be in the game, taking it to the 18th over was nice to see. The batting wasn’t good, it wasn’t easy to bat on, looked much better surface though, I thought 140-150 would have been an ideal score, especially with dew expected later on.”A scrappy start to the league, but I don’t think either team had control over it, the pitch was under the covers for 4 days, but we should have batted better, 110-120 would have been a fighting score. He (Saini) has been good in conditions where there’s some grass, got his chance now. I thought CSK played really well, they deserved to win, but I loved to see our team fighting all the way,” he said.advertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore batsmen were clueless against Chennai Super Kings’ spinners. Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers fell to Harbhajan Singh. Imran Tahir also mesmerised RCB picking up 3 for 9 off his 4 overs.Ravindra Jadeja bowled brilliantly too and pocketed 2 for 15 off his 4 overs.RCB equalled their own record for the 6th lowest IPL total when they were bowled out for 70. They were dismissed for the same score against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi in 2014.RCB are now the only team to be dismissed below 100 in the opening game of an IPL season twice. In the first ever IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 18, 2008, RCB were bowled out for 82 when they were set 223 after Brendon McCullum’s sensational 73-ball 158 not out.Royal Challengers Bangalore will be desperate to put things right after the crushing defeat in Chennai. RCB had reached the final in 2016 but their fortunes dipped in the two following seasons.In 2017, RCB finished last in the points table after winning only 3 out of 14 matches. Last year, RCB managed to win 6 out of 14 matches and finished 6th in the points table.Also Read | Suresh Raina 1st man to score 5000 runs in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh roars back to form with Kohli, Moeen, de Villiers wicketsAlso Read | RCB first team to be dismissed under 100 twice in IPL opening matchesFor 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 Virat KohliFollow CSK vs RCBFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Chennai Super Kingscenter_img graphs Virat Kohli on RCB’s huge loss to CSK: Good to get a game like this out of the wayIPL 2019: Virat Kohli said no team wants to start a tournament the way Royal Challengers Bangalore did in Chennai but said he was happy to get a “game like this out of the way.” RCB lost by 7 wickets after being bowled out for 70. view more view lesslast_img read more

England opener Alex Hales handed 21-day ban for recreational drug use

first_imgEngland opener Alex Hales handed 21-day ban for recreational drug useAlex Hales had taken an indefinite break from cricket due to personal reasons after being named in England’s provisional 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 22:48 IST Alex Hales had missed Nottinghamshire’s 50-over match against Lancashire last week (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThis is the second time Alex Hales has failed a drug testPrior to his ban, Hales had taken an indefinite break due to personal reasonsHales is in England’s provisional 15-man squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World CupEngland opener Alex Hales has been banned from all cricket for 21 days by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after he failed a drug test. It is being reported that Hales has tested positive for a recreational drug.According to a report in the Guardian, he is currently serving a 21-day ban after returning positive in the test. This is the second time Hales has been found guilty of using a recreational drug.Prior to his ban, Alex Hales had taken an indefinite break from cricket due to personal reasons, his club Nottinghamshire had confirmed earlier.Hales was named in England’s provisional 15-man squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup, which starts from May 30.Hales had missed Nottinghamshire’s 50-over match against Lancashire last week.Hales was earlier fined and suspended for his involvement in a nightclub altercation with team mate Ben Stokes in Bristol in 2017.The 30-year-old Hales was given a six-match one-day international ban in December. He had already missed two games and the remainder of the ban was suspended for 12 months so he could be available for selection.The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) said it would not comment “on any individuals in relation to the recreational drugs policy” due to the organisation’s duty of confidentiality.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) could not immediately be reached for comment.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Alex HalesFollow England CricketFollow England and Wales Cricket BoardFollow ICC World CupFollow 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

All the players are grateful for the faith CSK have shown: Faf du Plessis

first_imgadvertisement No data available! commentary graphs view more view lesscenter_img Press Trust of India VisakhapatnamMay 11, 2019UPDATED: May 11, 2019 14:37 IST Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson scored fifties as CSK beat DC by 6 wickets (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSFaf du Plessis and Shane Watson scored fifites as CSK beat DCFaf du Plessis and Shane Watson scored fifties as CSK beat DC”Very grateful for the faith CSK have shown,” said Du PlessisHalf-centuries from openers helped Chennai Super Kings post a six-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in IPL Qualifier 2 and Shane Watson thanked Faf du Plessis for scoring quickly in the beginning as he got time to get set.Chasing a modest target of 148, Du Plessis (50 off 39 balls; 7x4s, 1×60) and Watson (50 off 32; 3x4s, 4x6s) stitched 81 runs in 10.2 overs.”We spoke about it before the game – didn’t have the best run in the last 5-6 games. We have a lot of confidence as a team to win a lot of big games — so we draw confidence from that,” said man-of-the-match Du Plessis.”We also know the strength of ours is getting those partnerships — even if we go 3-4 overs without runs, we have a great lower and middle order to bring us back.”Watto (Watson) thanked me already for scoring quickly at the beginning before he got set. Hopefully we can both get them off the meat in the final right from the word go,” he added.From first over confusion to an explosion@faf1307 and @ShaneRWatson33 see the lighter side of their comical mix-up after their powerful stand helped @ChennaiIPL zoom into another #VIVOIPL final! By @RajalArora. #CSKvDCDon’t miss the full video – https://t.co/Z54dBCZS8M pic.twitter.com/hEMeVbtmzBIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 11, 2019Watson, whose lack of runs was a concern before Qualifier 2, admitted that he was nervous in the beginning.”Very grateful for the faith CSK have shown in not just me, but all the players are grateful. Faf batted beautifully. Thanks to Faf for helping me through that stage,” said the 37-year-old former Australian captain.advertisement”There are huge positives about age and experience. We have played well from the top with MS (Dhoni) and (coach Stephen) Fleming. When you have experienced players, you have an understanding of what to do. We are making the most of the experience we have had and we are going to make the most out of it on Sunday,” he said.Watson and Du Plessis survived a terrible mix-up early in the innings. After Watson tapped the ball to point, Du Plessis set off before the former started stuttering. Both of them ran together in both directions at one point while the Delhi fielders threw at both the stumps and missed.In the end, the two of them managed to run a single.”I reckon we almost ran three there. It was terrible running, and that’s not the kind of start you want in a run-chase of a knockout. Thankfully we recovered from that and did pretty well,” said Du Plessis.Also Read | Chennai Super Kings in IPL: 8 finals in 10 seasonsAlso Read | Really proud that everybody took initiative and responsibility: Shreyas IyerFor 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 Faf Du PlessisFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019Follow CSKFollow Shane Watson All the players are grateful for the faith CSK have shown: Faf du PlessisEven as the opening pair of Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson has failed to click in a few games, Chennai Super Kings have kept faith in their ability with the bat scorecardlast_img read more

Jofra Archer probably going to be England’s X-factor at World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli

first_img Press Trust of India LondonMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 09:03 IST Jofra Archer recently said that he is eyeing Virat Kohli’s wicket in World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJofra Archer was recently included in England’s 15-man World Cup squad in place of David WilleyJofra Archer had an impressive IPL for Rajasthan Royals and recently made his England debutArcher has played only three ODIs but has been an asset on the T20 circuit with his death bowlingJofra Archer will be England’s “X-factor” in the upcoming World Cup because of his “very different” skill-set reckons India skipper Virat Kohli, who himself is a target of the Barbados-born pacer.Archer has played only three ODIs but has been an asset on the T20 circuit with his death bowling, which is eXpected to pose problems for visiting sides.”He is probably going to be their X-factor. He holds a skill-set that is very different from the rest. He can generate a lot of pace and he is just a great athlete. I am sure England is delighted to have him. It would be eXciting to watch him in the World Cup,” Kohli said at the official ICC press conference for the captains.”The way he’s come about in the IPL the last couple of years I’ve seen him, there’s good reason why he was fast-tracked into playing for England in a tournament like the World Cup” – Kohlihttps://t.co/lIH297Vr4iCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 23, 2019Archer, who had an impressive IPL for Rajasthan Royals, recently made his international debut, and has world’s No 1 batsman’s wicket on his wish-list.He recently said that he is eyeing Kohli’s wicket in World Cup.”Jofra saying that is a big compliment because he himself is a world class bowler. The way he has come up in the last couple of years, I have seen him in the IPL, there is a good reason why he has been fast tracked into playing for England in a tournament like World Cup,” the Indian skipper added.advertisementHowever Kohli at the same time, made it clear that he is hardly bothered about a bowler’s goal.The captains. pic.twitter.com/4G2rtlfuVDCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 23, 2019″You don’t focus on these things. Even as an individual you don’t focus on who is wanting to get you out or you being spoken about. Our focus is mainly to contribute to the team in whatever way we can. I take a lot of pride in performing for the team, making impact performances for the team in every game.”Kohli also praised the talented Rashid Khan, saying that it was the first time during the recently concluded IPL that he could read the Afghan’s deliveries, sitting in the RCB dug-out.”I have seen him for three years now and this year was the first time I didn’t play against him. This was the first time that I could sit outside and predict 9 out of 10 balls that he bowled. Yes, it’s first time in three years and that’s how good he has been,” Kohli complimented Rashid.”He (Rashid) has been outstanding with his skills sets and pace on the ball is the key. Variations are really subtle and he doesn’t give you any time on the ball, let alone flight the ball and before you realise it hits the bat or through the pads and you get bowled or lbw or stuff like that,” said Kohli.What Kohli likes most in Rashid’s bowling is his fast-bowler like aggression.”He brings that fast bowler like intensity as a spinner, which is rare to see. I love competitive guys and his attitude is absolutely outstanding. When he bowls well, you want to sit and watch him bowl. He will be very important for Afghanistan.”The Indian skipper admitted that losing a home series 2-3 to Australia was a humbling eXperience and also showed that how self belief trumps everything else even when a team is in dire straits.”If a team on a given day gets together against a very eXperienced side and they believe that they can win, then they can. I think that is what we learnt from that series loss.”We were 2-0 up and we thought we would definitely win but they showed more passion, more character and more determination. They enjoyed every moment. We took a lot of learning from the series. In this World Cup, the team needs to have that passion and determination to win,” he concluded.Also Read | England seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else: Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: England name Jofra Archer in final squad of 15Also Read | World Cup 2019: England’s new jersey a throwback to 1992For 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 Virat KohliFollow Jofra ArcherFollow World Cup 2019 Jofra Archer probably going to be England’s X-factor at World Cup 2019: Virat KohliJofra Archer has played only three ODIs but has been an asset on the T20 circuit with his death bowling, which is expected to pose problems for visiting sides.advertisementlast_img read more

How Virat Kohli’s prediction is coming true in World Cup 2019

first_img Next How Virat Kohli’s prediction is coming true in World Cup 2019World Cup 2019: The tournament which was billed as one which could see 500 totals being scored, has surprised many as a number of matches have featured low scores being successfully defended by teams, something predicted by Virat Kohli a month ago.advertisement Ajay Tiwari ManchesterJune 28, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 13:38 IST Virat Kohli had predicted that even total under 250 will be difficult to chase in the later half of World Cup 2019 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSWorld Cup 2019 has seen a few low-scoring matchesVirat Kohli had predicted the same before the tournament startedIndia’s last two wins against Afghanistan and West Indies are a testament to thisKing. Master. GOAT. And now Soothsayer? There is no dearth of adjectives which are used to describe the Indian captain Virat Kohli but the last one must be a bit surprising for every reader. But judging by Kohli’s comments before the start of the World Cup 2019 and the way the tournament has progressed since then, the skipper has proven to be nothing short of a cricketing ‘seer’.During the captains’ press conference right before the World Cup 2019, Kohli was asked about the possibility of 500 runs being scored by teams over the following weeks. Kohli, then in his inimitable style, answered by saying that even though it could be a ‘pretty high scoring’ World Cup, he believed teams would find it difficult to chase even 250 during the later half of the tournament.”They (England) seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else. They smash it from ball one and for the full 50 overs. Yeah, look, it (World Cup) could be pretty high scoring, but… Back home, we had a press conference and they asked us this question as well but I said, look, 260-270 is gonna be as difficult to chase in a World Cup as chasing 380 or 370. I don’t see many high-scoring games happening in the later half of the tournament. Yeah initially, some teams might get on a roll, but you’ll see 250 defended as well. That’s the kind of pressure the World Cup brings,” Kohli had told reporters before the World Cup began.The fact that Kohli was referring to the England side while making his comments was because the hosts have in the past 4 years, been the forebearers when it comes to high scoring. Their opener Jason Roy reiterated the same when he was asked about whether his team will post a total in excess of 500 during the World Cup.advertisement”Yes (chances of posting 500-plus totals).We almost did it last year and we had a couple of overs where we were a bit slack in that game so why not,” Jason Roy had told Daily Mail.Just about a month later, Kohli’s words ring truer than ever before. When Sri Lanka successfully defended a mere 201 against Afghanistan in just the 7th match of the World Cup, people dismissed it as an inherent fault of a weak Afghan side. But 2 matches later when New Zealand huffed and puffed their way to the 245-run target set by Bangladesh, the world was forced to sit up and take notice.The moment which really shook everyone into harking back to Kohli’s words came when Sri Lanka defended 232 against hosts and hot favourites England. The very next day Kohli himself was in the thick of the action as India just about managed to thwart Afghanistan’s pursuit of the 225-run target set by the Men in Blue.In the past week we have also seen Bangladesh defend 262 against Afghanistan, England falling 64 runs short of 286-run target agsinst Australia and India again bundling West Indies for 143 in a chase of 269.Therefore, Kohli’s prophecy regarding the pressure of World Cup matches is certainly proving to be true as we have already seen 8 instances of a sub-300 total being defended by various countries so far. After all this only one question remains: Did Kohli make a prediction regarding who will win the World Cup? You’d have to ask the man himself.Also Read | Virat Kohli creates World Cup history for IndiaAlso Read | Manchester is blue: Virat Kohli flaunts India support after World Cup win over West IndiesFor 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 World Cup 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow India VS West IndiesFollow India vs Englandlast_img read more