10 months agoMan City winger Mahrez deserves respect from Leicester supporters – Puel

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City winger Mahrez deserves respect from Leicester supporters – Puelby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City manager Claude Puel insists Riyad Mahrez deserves a warm reception on his return to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.Mahrez joined City from Leicester in the summer and will return to face the Foxes in the EFL Cup quarterfinal.”Riyad deserves respect because he gave his best for the club. The club and his team-mates gave a lot for him too,” Puel said of Mahrez.”I hope he can come back and remain on the bench and can keep a good feeling with all the people.”He changed the game and he was incredible. He was an important part of the success with the title.”We cannot forget all he gave for the club and to his team-mates. I hope he can have a good welcome.” last_img read more

a month agoAC Milan coach Giampaolo positive after Torino defeat

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Giampaolo positive after Torino defeatby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo insists there’s positives from defeat to Torino.Giampaolo is already feeling the pressure after a 2-1 defeat to Torino on Thursday, their third loss in the opening five rounds.“The only thing we did wrong against Torino was not killing off the game when we had the chance, but the performance showed we are on the right track,” he said in his Press conference.“I enjoyed most of the game, as we played good football and the team felt confident. At times, we didn’t get some details right and failed to filter out the dangerous through balls.“My objective is always to play football, to control the game, the tempo and the ball with superior possession to the opponents. I saw that for most of the match at Torino and the attitude seemed to show belief too. Unfortunately, details make the difference.“Every game is tough and mentality is crucial, so we must respect each opponent and give it our all, not hold back or think we’ve done enough.” last_img read more

18 days agoMan Utd scouts posted to watch Lyon striker Moussa Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd scouts posted to watch Lyon striker Moussa Dembeleby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United had scouts posted to watch Lyon striker Moussa Dembele on Sunday night.They dispatched staff to take in Lyon’s game against Saint-Etienne and saw the former Celtic man left out of the starting line-up by under pressure manager Sylvinho, who has frequently rotated his forward line this season, says the Daily Mail.Dembele did come on in the second-half and managed to hit Lyon’s only shot on target of the game.There’s a risk for Lyon that United would have the encouragement to push for a cut-price offer in January if they move for Dembele with him dipping in and out of the side.This despite the 23-year-old being just one goal behind Ligue 1’s current top scorer Victor Osimhen. last_img read more

15 days agoVarane says Real Madrid players behind coach Zidane

first_imgVarane says Real Madrid players behind coach Zidaneby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane says the players are behind coach Zinedine Zidane.While they’ve managed to revive their form in the LaLiga, Real continue to stumble in the Champions League.However, Varane is adamant the squad still believes in Zidane’s methods.”Zidane? He is a great coach and we all trust him,” declared the Frenchman.Varane’s comments are made just as former Real coach Jose Mourinho is being linked with Zidane’s job this week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Xavier’s Matt Stainbrook Interned For Dan Patrick Today

first_imgxavier matt stainbrook dan patrick showMonday, Xavier center Matt Stainbrook, one of the breakout stars of the NCAA Tournament, scored a pretty cool gig when Dan Patrick asked him to be his intern for the day. Here’s video of his entrance, which didn’t go very well. Stainbrook was called for a 3-second violation by Patrick for standing under the basket for too long. Luckily, he made up for it by later removing his hoodie to reveal that he’d worn his full Musketeers uniform to work.Stainbrook averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest this past season. He may not be a future NBA star, but it looks like he’s got a bright future ahead for himself regardless.last_img

4-Star Cornerback AJ Terrell Announces Commitment To Clemson

first_imgAJ Terrell commits to Clemson.Four-star cornerback recruit AJ Terrell is headed to Clemson. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound player announced the news on Twitter Friday afternoon, thanking his parents, coaches and trainers for helping him through the process.AJ Terrell, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, dropped a long note with his tweet. He’s the seventh-ranked player in the state of Georgia. He had offers from 22 schools – including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.I am happy to say that I have OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO CLEMSON UNIVERSITY ??? #ALLIN #WE2DEEP17 pic.twitter.com/JwtLAMvDsK— ATC_8️⃣AJ (@terrellaj56) August 19, 2016Terrell is Clemson’s 13th commitment for the 2017 class. According to 247 Sports, the Tigers have the eighth-best class in the country.last_img read more

James told which display piqued Man Utd interest

first_imgDaniel James is seemingly closing in on a £15 million ($19m) move to Manchester United, with one outing for Swansea in which he caused “carnage” considered to have piqued the Red Devils’ interest.A switch to Old Trafford for the 21-year-old winger has been in the pipeline for some time.His exploits across the 2018-19 campaign have enhanced his reputation considerably and attracted plenty of praise and admiring glances from afar. 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? James is now in the process of finalising a transfer to Premier League heavyweights, with Goal confirming that a medical is being completed.If he does end up becoming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first addition of the summer, then Wales international team-mate Joe Allen believes he knows which performance earned the move.The Stoke midfielder was on the receiving end of said display, with James tearing the Potters to pieces on April 9 as he scored one and contributed to two players seeing red in a 3-1 win for Swansea.“That was the day that probably sealed the potential Man United move. He was electric,” said Allen.”He scored, got two men sent off and caused carnage all game. It was one of the best individual performances I have ever seen as a fellow player.“He looks ready to make the next step, if I am honest. He has the potential to be a top player and I think he is ready for it.“When we went down to nine men, Ashley Williams got the short straw to go out to right-back to deal with him. I think Dan took it easy on him — and Ash was giving him about a 30-yard cushion.”Daniel James Wales 2019James came close to leaving Swansea during the last transfer window back in January.Leeds believed that they had a deal in place, but a proposed agreement fell through and the Whites were left empty-handed.That situation has now worked in the youngster’s favour, with a step up the ladder to a different United now set to be made.Allen added: “Leeds wouldn’t have been a bad move, of course not, but it has almost been a blessing it didn’t happen.“In the second half of the season I think there is plenty of clubs above that level who have come to the fore and that is the sort of bracket he is in now.“Second half of the season, he has been on fire.”Across 38 appearances for Swansea in the 2018-19 campaign, James recorded five goals and 10 assists, while also making his senior debut for Wales and finding the target in a meeting with Slovakia.last_img read more

Mentality of a champion! Unflappable USWNT on top of the world

first_imgAn opponent that was tougher than expected. Multiple head injuries. Key players at less than full strength. In a World Cup final, these are all factors that could lead to a team’s downfall. For the unflappable U.S. women’s national team, they were mere speed bumps on the way to a second straight World Cup title.  Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle both started Sunday’s game against the Netherlands and didn’t look at full strength due to hamstring injuries.  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 It was only fitting then, that Rapinoe and Lavelle scored the goals in a 2-0 win that solidified the USWNT’s status as the dominant force in the women’s game. It wasn’t easy though. For the first time all tournament, the U.S. did not score before 13 minutes of a game. In fact, they did not even score before the half, though they cranked up the pressure just before the halftime whistle and would’ve gone ahead were it not for some great saves from Sari van Veenendaal.  For the most part though, the Dutch game plan worked. Sarina Wiegman had her side sit back and allow the U.S. to have possession in non-dangerous areas and look to break quickly when they won the ball back.  The Netherlands also looked to get stuck in, leaving a little something extra in a few challenges to let the U.S. know they wouldn’t be intimidated. Alex Morgan Stefanie Van der Gragt USWNT USA Women's World Cup 2019There would be more adversity to overcome as Kelley O’Hara, who has been solid at right back for the U.S. the entire tournament had to be withdrawn at halftime due to a head injury suffered late in the first half.  Then Becky Sauerbrunn suffered a nasty wound during a clash of heads with a Dutch player, and was forced to play the rest of the game with a bandage on her head. Rapinoe and Lavelle meanwhile, looked well short of the high standards they have set at times during this tournament.  Injured or no, that pair made the difference in an eight-minute stretch of the second half. After Alex Morgan was fouled in the box, Rapinoe stepped up to the spot with supreme confidence and buried her seventh goal of the tournament to give her side the lead.  Lavelle then showed her abilities when she took off on a run right down the middle of the Dutch defense and after wrong-footing her defender, drove a low arrowed shot into the bottom corner to effectively end the game as a contest. Rose Lavelle USWNT Women's World Cup 2019The USWNT has taken the best punch from three of Europe’s best – France, England and the Netherlands – and continued standing tall. There is no more worthy champion and there is no more fitting way to win another World Cup than how the U.S. did it on Sunday. There’s nothing that can shake this group of confident, headstrong players. And because of that, they are world champions yet again.last_img read more

Cocu tight-lipped on Rooney rumours

first_imgDerby County manager Phillip Cocu has remained tight-lipped over rumours that Wayne Rooney could be about to sign for the Championship outfit.The 33-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Rams and sources have told Goal that should Rooney sign for the club it would be in a player-coach role.Key to the former Manchester United striker’s decision could be the opportunity to return to England as he could commute to Derby from his home in Cheshire, while also being offered the chance to further his coaching career. 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? Speaking after Derby’s opening-day 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town, Cocu refused to be drawn on the matter.“At the moment I cannot say anything,” the 48-year-old told Sky Sports.”Like I said before, the team we are working on completing, the team we said is not complete yet, it’s true we are working on getting the team done. I cannot say anything about names before things are done.”We have a lot of players we think could be an asset for the team, you try to get the best you can with resources you have at the club. A few more days and hopefully I can tell you something more,” he added.The news on Monday that Rooney is considering returning to England and leaving DC United was greeted with general shock given his form for the MLS club since signing for them in 2018.Under his guidance, DC reached the MLS postseason last year and are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference.So far in the 2019 season, Rooney has registered an impressive 13 goals from 25 appearances in all competitions and believes he could still cut in the Premier League.Should he make the move to Derby, England’s all-time leading scorer would be following in the steps of Frank Lampard by making his first move into coaching at Pride Park, with the latter, of course, departing the Rams this summer to take over at Chelsea.In his place, Cocu has signed Graeme Shinnie and Krystian Bielik on permanent deals, while bolstering his ranks with Kieran Dowell and Matthew Clarke on loan.They also began the 2019-20 season in a positive manner and a spirited first-half showing from Tom Lawrence ensured they left Yorkshire with three points from a 2-1 win on Monday night.last_img read more

ESPN’s Week 6 Heisman Trophy Voting

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)With one month of the college football season down, it looks like we’re going to have a QB battle for the Heisman Trophy.Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and West Virginia’s Will Grier have been outstanding so far. Dwayne Haskins’ comeback at Penn State has kept the Buckeyes’ signal caller in the Heisman convo, with the Nittany Lions’ Trace McSorley also enjoying a strong campaign.This morning, ESPN released its updated “Heisman Watch” for Week 6. It indicates how the 10 experts on ESPN’s panel are voting for the Heisman at this point in the season.Five of the top six candidates and seven of the 10 total are quarterbacks.The full Heisman voting from ESPN looks like this.Tua TagovailoaQBAlabamaSoph.7102043Kyler MurrayQBOklahomaJr.1630038Will GrierQBWest VirginiaSr.1260132Dwayne HaskinsQBOhio StateSoph.0114116Ed OliverDTHoustonJr.100005Trace McSorleyQBPenn StateSr.000135Benny Snell Jr.RBKentuckyJr.000135Laviska Shenault Jr.WRColoradoSoph.000011McKenzie MiltonQBUCFJr.000202Justin HerbertQBOregonJr.000011We’ll see how Murray looks in the Red River Showdown this weekend against Texas, and we’ll see if the rest of the QBs can keep their pace going.As of now, it looks like 2018 will be the third-straight year (and eighth in the last nine) that a QB wins college football’s top award.last_img read more

ESPN: These 2 Teams Are Now Out Of The CFB Playoff Race

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)ESPN has eliminated a couple of teams from College Football Playoff contention following the craziness that was Week 6.Two teams that entered the week ranked inside the top 10 now have a less than 1 percent chance to make the College Football Playoff.According to ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor, Auburn had basically already been eliminated before Saturday. The Tigers’ chances were minimal before Week 6 and now they’re non-existent after the loss to Mississippi StateLSU, though, had a chance. The Tigers were undefeated heading into October and had a winnable game against Florida. They were looking like a legitimate SEC West contender.Not so much anymore.ESPN has eliminated them from the race. LSU’s chances to make the College Football Playoff are less than 1 percent, too. The Tigers are done.You can view the full predictions here.last_img read more

ESPN Analyst Says He Knows Who UNC’s Next Head Coach Will Be

first_imgGeneral view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the Military Appreciation Day game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Idaho Vandals during play at Kenan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)North Carolina is officially searching for a new head coach, as the Tar Heels announced Larry Fedora’s firing this morning.Several names have been thrown out for UNC’s head coaching vacancy, though one ESPN analyst claims to know who the Tar Heels will be hiring.Tom Luginbill, an ESPN college football insider, says former Texas head coach Mack Brown will be UNC’s next head coach.“Mack Brown will be the head coach for a second tenure at North Carolina. Mark it down,” he said this morning.Next coach at North Carolina? @TomLuginbill just now on @SXMCollege: “Mack Brown will be the head coach for a second tenure at North Carolina. Mark it down”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 25, 2018Brown, 67, was North Carolina’s head coach from 1988-97 before leaving for the Texas job.The former Longhorns’ head coach hasn’t coached since 2013, his final year at Texas.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Computer Model Releases College Football Preseason Top 25

first_imgtrevor lawrence celebrates during the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)We have another college football preseason top 25 poll. This one comes via Bill Connelly of SB Nation, which publishes the S&P ratings.Connelly uses three things to make up his ratings:Recruiting rankingsReturning productionRecent historyYou can view the full explanation for the model here.Here’s the top 25:AlabamaGeorgiaClemsonLSUOklahomaFloridaOhio StateAuburnMichiganMississippi StateWisconsinNotre DameTexas A&MPenn StateWashingtonMissouriUtahSouth CarolinaMiamiOregonTennesseeOklahoma StateMichigan StateBoise StateIowaThe most-notable aspect of this list, arguably, is that Clemson is not No. 1 or No. 2. The Tigers are the reigning national champions, coming off a blowout win over Alabama, and will likely be the preseason No. 1 in the official top 25 polls.Alabama and Georgia are weighed more favorably in this rating system, though, mostly due to the recruiting rankings and the returning production aspect.Auburn and LSU are two other teams that are ranked higher in this model than they’ll likely be in the official preseason top 25s.You can view the full S&P ratings, which rank every team in the country, here.last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Wants Clemson To Play Georgia Every Season

first_imgDabo Swinney reacting during a football game.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a play in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)Clemson and Georgia are pretty frequent non-conference rivals. The two sides have faced off 64 times dating back to the 1890s.The last game in the series came in 2014, a 45-21 Georgia win. That was the second in a two game series, with the Tigers taking the 2013 edition.Last week, Clemson and Georgia announced two more future games, to be played in 2032 in Athens, and 2033 in Clemson. That adds on to a previously-scheduled 2029 and 2030 home-and-home.The two teams will also face off in the 2024 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.If Dabo Swinney had his way, Clemson and Georgia would play every single year.The rivalry used to be an annual game. Swinney would welcome to Dawgs joining South Carolina as SEC programs on Clemson’s annual slate.From DawgNation:“We should play Georgia every year if it was up to me,” Swinney said. “We’re 80 miles, and they need a game, we need a game. We had to travel to Texas A&M last year, when we could have gone 80 miles.”[…]“For years and years and years, Clemson and Georgia played every year, and somewhere along the line that went away,” Swinney said.“It’s a tough game because they are one of the best teams in the country, but it’s great game for the fans, and we have to play people. I’d just as soon play them than have to go all the way somewhere else to get a game.”I don’t imagine either side will actually commit to something like this. Georgia is busy scheduling just about every major program outside of the SEC to games, and it would be limiting on the flexibility that both programs have, with existing rivalries against Georgia Tech and South Carolina.Still, it is nice to see major coaches interested in prominent on-campus games like this.[DawgNation]last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Trolled Alabama, SEC Hard With Quote About The Citadel

first_img “That’s college football… I mean heck, The Citadel was probably Alabama’s toughest game last year until Georgia. I mean I’m just telling the truth. The Citadel beat South Carolina somewhere here in the not-too-long-ago (past). That’s not a shocker. Georgia State went over and beat Tennessee. I mean that’s college football…”That’s a pretty harsh dig at the entire SEC, to say that an FCS school was a tougher opponent than any of Alabama’s eight SEC opponents and other FBS foes.The thing is…he might be right, to a point.The Citadel actually held Alabama to a 10-10 halftime lead in that game last year. But the Crimson Tide blew the doors off the Bulldogs in the third quarter en route to winning 50-17.By most accounts, that actually was one of the toughest games Alabama wound up playing that year. The Crimson Tide would finish the season 14-1, with the lone loss coming to Clemson in the national title game.Dabo Swinney may want to hold off on teasing the SEC too much. The ACC that his Tigers have dominated for the last five years hasn’t exactly been a murderer’s row either. That same Citadel team just beat Georgia Tech last weekend.[Football Scoop] dabo swinney at the national title game vs. alabamaSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his teams 44-16 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide with the trophy in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Some around college football have floated the idea that the SEC really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. With the way some SEC teams have struggled this year, it could call into question just how much more challenged a team like Alabama is before the College Football Playoff. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney did just that this week.And now it looks like Alabama’s post-season rival is taking them to task for it.On Tuesday, Swinney trolled Alabama and the rest of the SEC with his analysis of The Citadel. He claimed that Alabama’s game against The Citadel last year was their toughest game before they took on Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.Via Football Scoop:last_img read more

There is some light at the end of the tunnel for this Australian team: Justin Langer

first_imgThere is some light at the end of the tunnel for this Australian team: Justin LangerIndia vs Australia: Australia had managed to tie the T20I series 1-1 but lost the Test and ODI series with an identical 2-1 margin against Virat Kohli’s Indian team.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 19, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 10:00 IST The Australians only had themselves to blame for their defeat on Friday as they dropped at least 3 catches (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (234/3) beat Australia (230) by 7 wickets in the 3rd ODI to clinch the series 2-1Australia’s streak without an ODI series win stretched to more than 2 years with this defeatAussies dropped Dhoni twice, while Kohli was also dropped once during the Melbourne ODI on FridayAustralia head coach Justin Langer backed his young one-day side to learn from the mistakes they made against India during the three-match series which they lost 1-2 on Friday.Langer said his team will take confidence from the fact that they came close to winning the last two matches in Adelaide and Melbourne against a very strong Indian team filled with experienced superstars like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.”I honestly believe we should take great confidence out of this series. India are a gun side and we got very, very close to them. We could have won tonight if we’d taken our chances, we could have won the other night (in Adelaide). So we should take great confidence out of that.”I honestly think there’s some light at the end of the tunnel for this team, I really do,” he said after India’s seven-wicket win at the MCG secured a 2-1 series win for the tourists.Australia had won the first match in Sydney last Saturday by 34 runs, before Dhoni and skipper Virat Kholi combined to give the visitors a final-over six-wicket victory in Adelaide on Tuesday.Australia missed some key chances in the series decider, but there were still plenty of positives for coach Justin Langer #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/dYSaoOHU4acricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019The Australians only had themselves to blame for their defeat on Friday as they had several opportunities to turn the game their way.Kohli (46) was dropped by Peter Handscomb at slip on 10, Dhoni was dropped by Glenn Maxwell at point on his first ball while both should have also been run out early in their partnership.advertisementDhoni was also dropped in the 48th over by Aaron Finch with India needing 27 runs from the final 18 deliveries.The Australian bowlers had kept their side in the match with some tight bowling, which frustrated Kohli and also made the finish tighter than it should have been.The ODI series loss came after India thrashed Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Tests and won 2-1. The latest series loss also stretched Australia’s streak without an ODI series win to more than two years.”We’ll take some great confidence out of not just this series, but the Test series, believe it or not. There’s been some real shining lights from this series. And hopefully we can keep finding some more shining lights over the next three or four months.”We’re very clear how we want to play our cricket, no doubt, and that’s a really good feeling,” he said.”We executed it really well in the first two games, we didn’t quite get it today.”We’re really clear how we want to play and we got really close this series. It came down to the last overs twice and we won the first one.”We know what we’re trying to do. We just need our guys to execute the plans. And we’ve done it pretty well in this series, I reckon,” Langer said.Also Read | MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Sakshi Dhoni’s message for Team India after historic series win: You fought like soldiersAlso Read | Virat Kohli in Australia 2018-19: Average as batsman, outstanding as captainAlso Read | India vs Australia: Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniFor 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 vs AustraliaFollow Justin LangerFollow Melbourne ODIFollow MS Dhonilast_img read more

Sharjeel Khan accepts all spot-fixing charges in bid to make early comeback

first_imgSharjeel Khan accepts all spot-fixing charges in bid to make early comebackSharjeel Khan is serving a five-year ban, half of which is suspended, for his role in spot-fixing scandal during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February, 2017. Sharjeel’s ban will expire in August this year.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 17:59 IST Sharjeel Khan has played 25 ODIs and 15 T20 Internationals for Pakistan (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSharjeel Khan has accepted all five charges imposed on him by PCB’s Anti-Corruption TribunalSharjeel is serving a five-year ban for his role in spot-fixing scandal during the 2017 Pakistan Super LeagueSharjeel Khan’s ban will expire in August this yearPakistan’s banned Test batsman Sharjeel Khan has accepted all five charges imposed on him by the Anti-Corruption Tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as he targets an early comeback to domestic cricket.Khan is serving a five-year ban, half of which is suspended, for his role in spot-fixing scandal during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February, 2017.Khan’s lawyer Shaighan Ejaz confirmed that his client has filed an application with the PCB chairman to allow him to play domestic cricket before his ban expires at end of August this year.”Sharjeel has in his application accepted the ban imposed on him by the tribunal which means that he has accepted the five charges that were laid out against him under the anti-corruption code,” Ejaz said.”We have asked the PCB chairman to allow Sharjeel to resume playing club and domestic cricket before his ban ends in August. The Chairman has to get approval of the Board of Governors to allow this under a clause of the anti-corruption code,” the lawyer said.Ejaz said that in his application, Khan, 29, admitted to his mistakes. He was accused of breaching five clauses of the anti-corruption code. He has played one Test, 25 ODIs and 15 T20 internationals for Pakistan.One of the more serious charges against Khan is that he had met with a suspected bookmaker and agreed to spot-fixing with him during the first match of the second PSL.The same suspected bookie, Yousuf Anwar has now been charged by the National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom for bribery and corruption and is facing trial in a magistrate’s court.advertisementThe UK Crime Agency has also charged Pakistan’s discarded Test opener, Nasir Jamshed, who resides in the UK.Jamshed was named a key suspect in the PSL spot-fixing scandal last year and is suspected of having introduced Sharjeel, Khalid Latif and other players of the Pakistan team to Yousuf and other bookies.The UK agency is investigating spot-fixing and bribery by the trio in T20 leagues held by the Bangladesh and Pakistan cricket boards.Also Read | Inzamam-ul-Haq could double up as Pakistan’s batting coach ahead of World CupAlso Read | Sarfraz Ahmed personally apologises to Phehlukwayo for racist commentsFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Sharjeel KhanFollow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Pakistan Super Leaguelast_img read more

Rafael Nadal gets engaged to girlfriend Mery Perello

first_img India Today Web Desk MallorcaJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 16:51 IST Rafael Nadal has been engaged to his girlfriend of 14 years Mery Perello (@ATP_Tour Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal has been engaged to his long-term girlfriend Mery PerelloNadal and Perello had been courting for fourteen years and got engaged in 2018Nadal had proposed to Mery back in May if 2018 while on a romantic trip to RomeSpanish Tennis star Rafael Nadal has gotten engaged to his long-term girlfriend, Mery Perello, who he has been courting for 14 years. The couple plan to get married in Mallorca in autumn this year.According to a report in a celebrity news magazine called ‘Hello!’, Nadal had proposed to Mery, who is also known as Xisca, back in May if 2018 while on a romantic trip to Rome. The couple had managed to keep the news of the engagement quite for the last eight months.Mery, whose birth name is Maria Francisca Perello, is a 30-year-old insurance worker and business graduate, accordint to a report in Daily Mail. Mery, the report also adds, as a project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, a charity Nadal founded ten years ago.In a previous interview with Hello!, Nadal had spoken about his love for children and wanting to start a family.”Obviously, I have the intention of forming a family. I love children and I would like my children to do what they like.” Mery too in an interview to The Telegraph back in 2011, spoke about her relationship with Nadal, saying why they were not seen together despite courting for fourteen years.”Travelling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me,” she said.”He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around waiting on his needs all day wears me out. It would asphyxiate me.”And then he would have to be worrying about me… No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we might stop getting along,” she added.advertisementAlso Read | Novak Djokovic was fantastic in the Australian Open final: Rafael NadalAlso Read | Andy Murray undergoes hip surgery again: Hopefully this will be the end of my painFor 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 Rafael NadalFollow Rafa NadalFollow Mery Perello Next Rafael Nadal gets engaged to girlfriend Mery PerelloRafael Nadal has been engaged to his long-term girlfriend Mery Perello, after courting for eight years. The couple plan to get married in Mallorca in autumn this yearadvertisementlast_img read more

Nothing out of Virat Kohli’s reach if he is fit and willing enough: Jacques Kallis

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 21:12 IST Jacques Kallis believes Virat Kohli can break all the batting records (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJacques Kallis believes Virat Kohli can go as far as he wants toThe Indian captain already has 66 international hundreds at the age of 30Kallis also predicted an open World Cup this year in England and WalesOnly Virat Kohli can answer if he can surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries but Indian captain’s biggest asset is his ability to keep things simple, feels iconic South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis.With 66 international hundreds at the age of 30, Kohli, many believe is a serious contender for breaking all the batting records set by Tendulkar.”Kohli I believe can go as far as he wants to. He is a world class player. He is hungry. He works hard. He has proved that over the years. The main thing about him is that he keeps it simple. People enjoy watching him bat,” said Kallis, one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game.So will Kohli break Tendulkar’s record, Kallis replied: “Only Kohli can answer that. If he is fit enough and willing enough to go but nothing is out of reach for him.”India losing the ODI series against Australia won’t have much of an impact on the World Cup.”I don’t think Kohli will be under pressure. He has produced the goods time and time again. He is a world class player and the guys follow what he does. He is certainly one of the best in the world.”Workload management has been a talked about topic over last few days but the KKR head coach feels it depend on the individuals.”All the guys are professionals. They will know when to rest. We have a great support staff, the physios, the trainers who will know how to handle the guys.”advertisementLike Sourav Ganguly, the South African all-rounder also predicted an open World Cup.”I think this year, the World Cup will be more open. The sides have to play good in the key moments,” said Kallis.A depleted South Africa team won’t be favourites, termed Kallis.”I don’t think South Africa will be considered as a favourite but sometimes when the pressure is less on you it can help. But surely you cannot write them off.”Many South Aricans are signing KOLPAK deals wherein they are choosing county cricket over international cricket.”I think its unfortunate but it is a living that we do. It will be nice to keep the guys in South Africa,” said Kallis.Also Read | India losing ODI series to Australia was a good thing: Rahul DravidAlso Read | Virat Kohli retains top spot in ICC Test rankings for batsmenAlso Read | MS Dhoni huge plus for Virat Kohli at the World Cup: Ricky PontingFor 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 Jacques KallisFollow Team IndiaFollow Sachin Tendulkar Nothing out of Virat Kohli’s reach if he is fit and willing enough: Jacques KallisWith 66 international hundreds at the age of 30, Virat Kohli, many believe is a serious contender for breaking all the batting records set by Sachin Tendulkar.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Steve Smith takes over Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Ajinkya Rahane

first_img graphs scorecard Rohan Sen JaipurApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 16:44 IST Rajasthan Royals’ match against Mumbai Indians will be Steve Smith’s first as captain in IPL 2019 ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith will lead Rajasthan Royals for the remaining matches in IPL 2019-04-20Rahane led RR in 8 matches, suffering 6 losses and just 2 winsRR are languishing in 7th place in the IPL points table, ahead of Royal Challengers BangaloreRajasthan Royals on Saturday announced that captain Ajinkya Rahane will be succeeded by Steve Smith for the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League this season.Ajinkya Rahane stepped down from the post after Rajasthan’s terrible campaign in the IPL so far. They have registered just two wins from 8 games so far.Rahane will continue to be “a key voice in the side,” the Rajasthan Royals announced just minutes before their do-or-die match against Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on Saturday.”Ajinkya is and will always be a true Royal. He led the team to the play offs in 2018 in a very challenging scenario and that will go down as one of the great comebacks of the IPL. He remains a key part of our side and leadership team and will extend support wherever required to Steve.”Steve is one of the most innovative and successful captains in the world, in all formats of the game. We are confident he can lead the Royals to success,” said Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals.Rajasthan Royals are currently seventh in the points table, having picked four points from eight matches.The likes of Rahane and Steve Smith haven’t really got going and Sanju Samson’s form too, has dipped after the hundred he scored against Sunrisers Hyderabad last month.Smith did not play the last game and is expected to be back for this one with Ashton Turner, who made his debut against Punjab, failing to make any impact.advertisementThis will be Smith’s first time leading a professional cricket team since he was sacked as Australia captain last year following the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa.Smith was barred from the IPL last season due to his involvement in the ball-tampering controversy and was handed a one-year ban from all forms of competitive cricket by Cricket Australia, along with David Warner.Smith was banned from captaincy for two years while Warner will never be considered for the post.Smith had succeeded MS Dhoni as captain of Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017 and led the team to the final that season before he rejoined the Royals in 2018 after the franchise’s two-year suspension got over.Also Read | Rajasthan Royals have to treat every game like final, feels Ben StokesAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane seeks BCCI permission to play for HampshireAlso Read | Pujara, Ashwin among 7 India cricketers to play county ahead of World Test ChampionshipFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow Ajinkya Rahane IPL 2019: Steve Smith takes over Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Ajinkya RahaneRajasthan Royals’ match against Mumbai Indians will be Steve Smith’s first match as captain of the Jaipur-based franchise. No data available!center_img commentary advertisement view more view lesslast_img read more