TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Real Madrid want Man Utd to buy Bale and fund spending spreeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to make this the final season at the club of Gareth Bale.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, who was speaking on El Chiringuito.”Bale will be sold next season, it’s a decision that’s been made,” Inda explained. “They would sell him for €180m, it’s their starting price. They want to sign a centre-back, a left-back, a midfielder and two craques in attack.”Inda says Florentino expects Manchester United to come forward next year with a new proposal for Bale.And an offer of £150m is anticipated, despite Bale’s persistent injury problems.
PSG push Everton to drop Gueye priceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are willing to sell to Idrissa Gueye this month.PSG are in contact with Everton about a deal for the midfielder, says L’Equipe.And Everton are prepared to sell Gueye – but for no less than €45m.The price is deemed too rich by PSG, which rate the player closer to €30-35m.Gueye is tied to Everton until 2022. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
AC Milan director Maldini welcomes Pioli appointmentby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Paolo Maldini has welcomed the appointment of new coach Stefano Pioli.Pioli arrives to replace Marco Giampaolo.”Pioli isn’t a gamble,” said Maldini.“We want to be leading lights this season, we don’t want to write this season off.“I thank Giampaolo for his professionalism. Three months ago, we were here talking about him, but this was a considered and shared choice.“If we go back in time, he was the right choice for a young team, but it just didn’t work. I defended Giampaolo because that was the right thing to do.“We have 31 games in front of us. We can still turn things around this season. We don’t want to still be waiting to become competitive in 10 years’ time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pearce tribute to Liverpool veteran Milnerby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland great Stuart Pearce has paid tribute to Liverpool veteran James Milner.Pearce managed Milner when he was in charge of England U21’s from 2007-2013.He told talkSPORT: “Three words that I would [use to] describe him: resilient, professional and relentless. I think that sums Milly up.”He covers 12, 13 kilometres a game, so I think somewhere in the midfield three [is his position]. But if you asked him to play anywhere, he’d go on the pitch and play anywhere for you. Sensational professional.”
Maryland and West Virginia rarely play each other in basketball, so there isn’t much of a rivalry between the two programs that border each other. After Sunday night’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game, though, maybe one is going to heat up. The No. 5-seeded Mountaineers defeated the No. 4-seeded Terrapins in a contest in Columbus that featured a lot of trash talking and some pretty physical play. There appears to be some hatred of Maryland stemming from the family of WVU coach Bob Huggins, too. During and after the game, Twitter accounts seemingly belonging to Huggins’ daughters, Jenna Leigh and Jacqueline Huggins, tweeted rape jokes about Terrapins’ senior star Dez Wells. Jenna Leigh Huggins, who is listed as West Virginia’s “program assistant,” later deleted those tweets and made her Twitter account private. Huggins’ other daughter, Jacqueline, tweeted a similar joke. The tweet was still online as of Monday morning. “NO MEANS NO DEZ!” –@JennaLeigh44— (@JacqueHuggins) March 23, 2015Wells was expelled from Xavier in 2012 following a sexual assault allegation. Those allegations were deemed unworthy of prosecution, though, and Wells sued the school. The lawsuit was settled out of court “in a matter satisfactory to the parties,” according to the Washington Post. West Virginia is set to face Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.
Jay Williams DukeAfter splitting the regular season title in the SEC, Kentucky and Texas A&M both reached the league’s tournament final – setting up what seemed like an all-important showdown regarding NCAA Tournament seeding. Well, that’s what we thought.The Wildcats knocked off the Aggies Sunday, taking home the trophy. But somehow, when the brackets were unveiled just hours later, Texas A&M was given a 3-seed, while UK landed on the 4-line. John Calipari, per usual, went off. It turns out some of the ESPN guys agree with him.College basketball analyst Jay Williams went as far as to say that Kentucky got “hosed” by the committee. . @KentuckyMBB got hosed. No way #BBN wins their conf tourney & share of the regular season & get a 4 seed while Texas A&M gets a 3 seed.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 13, 2016It’s hard to disagree here. Most thought that at worst, Kentucky would get a 3-seed, and at best, a 2-seed. The NCAA Tournament selection committee continues to baffle everyone, year after year.
Martin Keown believes it is “astonishing” that Unai Emery is not allowed to spend in January, with Arsenal enjoying a standing as “the sixth-wealthiest club in the world”.The Gunners boss has revealed that he will be given no funds with which to strengthen his squad during the winter transfer window.Instead, the Spaniard is being forced to seek out loan deals – with Goal revealing that Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is a top target. 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? Arsenal are also in danger of losing head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, with the German considering a return to the Bundesliga at Bayern Munich.Keown is baffled as to how those at Emirates Stadium have got into this predicament, telling talkSPORT: “It’s a very weird situation at Arsenal.”For the club to say they’re only allowed to loan players…”This is the sixth-wealthiest club in the world! And we can’t buy a player in this transfer window?”I think that’s astonishing!”Revealed: The 30 highest revenue-earning clubsIt may be that Arsenal free up funds by offloading a few of those already on their books.An exit has been mooted for Mesut Ozil, with the German playmaker having struggled to hold down a regular role under Emery of late.The Gunners boss has offered no indication that he is actively looking for a buyer, but Keown is among those to share the belief that the 2014 World Cup winner is no longer giving his all for the good of a collective cause.The former defender added: “I think Unai Emery is trying to work with Ozil.”People are now saying they want more creativity, but first of all he has to work and be prepared to work to the ethic the manager has.”And I just don’t think Ozil wants to do that at the moment.”It remains to be seen whether the 30-year-old will be included in Arsenal’s plans for a crunch clash with Chelsea on Saturday.The Gunners are set to welcome their London rivals to the Emirates as they sit fifth in the Premier League table, six points adrift of the Blues and the final Champions League spot – with resurgent Manchester United having pulled level with them.
Is the U.S. national team preparing to compete in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup not young enough? That is certainly a sentiment among some U.S. fans who have been left disappointed with what feels like a delaying of a necessary youth movement. Gregg Berhalter doesn’t see it that way, and not because he doesn’t believe in the value of bringing young players along in the USMNT setup.What Berhalter is searching for heading into his first tournament in charge as U.S. coach is the right balance. He has seen first-hand what having the right combination can produce, having been a member of what was arguably the best USMNT World Cup squad ever assembled. Berhalter also knows what having a bad mix of players can cause.”Any successful team needs diversity,” Berhalter told Goal in an exclusive interview during USMNT camp.”Any successful team needs experienced guys, guys in their prime and guys that are developing. Any time you get too heavy in one of those areas I think you’re in trouble.” 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? Berhalter was a defender on the 2002 U.S. World Cup team that reached the World Cup quarterfinals, a run that ended with a 1-0 loss to Germany in a match the Americans played well enough to win. A match remembered for Berhalter having a potential equalizer blocked off the goal line by a Torsten Frings handball that wasn’t called, though almost certainly would have been ruled a penalty in today’s world of VAR.Berhalter insists he never gave much thought to what he missed out on personally by having that potential goal denied, but was more painful because it ended a dream run for a special team, a team that has provided him with a blueprint for the kind of team he hopes to build as USMNT coach.”It gave me an idea of what you need to be successful, because then I compare it to 2006 and we didn’t have all those elements and I don’t think it was a shock we didn’t perform as well,” Berhalter said. “That’s the thing, it’s not just talent, we were a talented team (in 2002), but it was also the cohesion.”Finding the right balance is what has kept Berhalter from doing what many fans would want him to do, which is put together a full squad of youngsters, with the idea being to have them grow up together as a group. Berhalter put that idea to bed in March, when he let some of the program’s top young prospects go to a U-23 camp rather than join the senior team for its March friendlies.That should have been the first sign that Berhalter wasn’t planning to go super young with his Gold Cup team, with the main reason being that Berhalter felt some of the top young prospects were either not playing enough, or simply weren’t ready to bypass established veterans.”I just had honest conversations with guys and said ‘Listen, I think you’re doing great, you have a lot of potential, but you need to be playing’,” Berhaltrer said. “Find a spot where you can play, find a team that’s going to play you because you need to keep developing. There’s one thing to have potential, and there’s one thing to realize your potential, and those are two very different things.”Though he didn’t wind up including players like Josh Sargent, Tim Weah and Cameron Carter-Vickers in his Gold Cup team, he did have several young talents join USMNT camp in the lead-up to the Gold Cup in order to give them some experience in the national team setup. He knows what that experience can do for a young player, having seen it for himself years ago.”I remember when we were playing in D.C. (with the national team), it must have been in 1999, and (Bruce Arena) brought Landon (Donovan) to a training camp, and Landon was like 16, and we were thinking ‘What the hell is this guy doing?”,” Berhalter said. “And three years later he’s scoring in a World Cup and was one of our best performers.”It was important that he came around that time (when he was a teenager) so you could expose him to that.”Berhalter heads into the Gold Cup facing some tough challenges, starting with how to set up a defense that has been hit hard by injuries. When the USMNT played Ecuador in March, and posted a 1-0 victory, the back four that impressed on that day and looked like it would be the Gold Cup starting defense consisted of John Brooks, Aaron Long, Tyler Adams and Tim Ream. Three months later, Brooks and Adams are absent due to injury while Long is working his way back from a hamstring injury.When asked about that turn of events, Berhalter could only laugh and say “Welcome to the national team.””You always have in mind what the best version of our team can be, and when I talk to all these national team coaches, they say ‘Gregg, listen, you may have this idea, but you’re not going to get it all the time’,” Berhalter said. “That’s part of our business, and we have to have the next man up mentality. Injuries happen, suspensions happen, and we need to be ready.”Berhalter has been preparing himself for this moment going back to his playing days, when he thought about coaching early on, and started taking coaching license courses when he was still in his 20s. He has already endured the ups and downs of life as a coach, including being fired from his first job, as manager of Swedish side Hammarby, when he was 39.“When I took over in Sweden I had no idea how to coach,” Berhalter admits. “I had no idea the things you needed to know to effectively coach a team, and I had to learn, so it was a great time for me.”Coaching is difficult It’s not just tactics. There’s a lot of different layers to coaching and all these experiences that i’ve had, particularly in Sweden, really helped me to grow.”That education he received helped him develop, but that didn’t make the experience of being fired any easier for him to deal with, although in the end it helped him become a better coach.”Have you ever been fired? That’s not a good feeling,” Berhalter said. “I doubt you come out more confident, that’s not the case. But I reflected, and I said ‘Okay, what did I do well, what did I do wrong?’ I actually reached out to a lot of the players and said ‘Hey, what do you think?’”I also said ‘Okay, I need to study more’ and that’s what I did. I went around Europe for six months and I learned,” Berhalter said. “I learned about really having clear principles about how you want to play. To me it’s really important that you have a defined way to play, and a defined way to teach it and you need to have a defined way to train it, and those three things need to be closely linked if you really want to transfer the information to the players.”Berhalter rebounded from that experience and enjoyed a successful run with the Columbus Crew, a role that helped put him in position to be hired as the USMNT coach in charge of a reclamation project that was sorely needed after the team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.The 2019 Gold Cup will be the first major test for Berhalter and his system, to see how well things are developing through his first year in charge. When he talks about the tournament, Berhalter focuses on the process, and on how his team handles the challenges of tournament play, but he’s also quick to clarify that he isn’t heading into this tournament just for the experience.”We want to win the Gold Cup. What are we talking about here? That’s why we’re doing it,” Berhalter told Goal. “When there’s a trophy out there we want to compete to try to win. That is going to be one of the benchmarks of how we’re measuring our success in this tournament, do we win?””That said, I also have the long term in mind, and the long term is getting to 2022 and then performing well in 2022.”
Huddersfield Town fans have been left scratching their heads after their new home kit for the 2019-20 season was unveiled.Having suffered relegation from the Premier League last season, Terriers supporters would have been hoping for much more to smile about this time around as Jan Siewert looks to plot a route towards the top of the Championship.But on Wednesday morning it was revealed that their new shirt for the upcoming campaign would be adorned by a huge Paddy Power logo after the Irish bookmaker was confirmed as the club’s new sponsor earlier in the week. 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? 🔵 #htafc’s new home kit for the upcoming 2019/20 season has today been revealed!Produced by main supplier @UmbroUK, the new home kit features a modern spin on the traditional blue and white striped home shirt thanks to new title sponsor @paddypower.— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) July 17, 2019Football fans from around the world were quick to react to the eye-catching design, though it was quickly pointed out that if this is indeed the shirt that Huddersfield would be wearing this term it would contravene Football League regulations in terms of the size of a sponsor’s logo.Though it has not been confirmed, it is believed that the “reveal” is no more than a publicity stunt, with Paddy Power having form for previously trying to grab headlines around sporting events.They infamously planted a fan dressed as the Grim Reaper inside Goodison Park to mock David Moyes on what turned out to be his final day in charge of Manchester United while they recentley aired a controversial advert starring the brother of United legend Ryan Giggs, Rhodri.Despite the likelihood of Huddersfield joining that list of Paddy Power pranks, it did not stop some fans getting a little too wound up…Huddersfield’s new goal celebration pic.twitter.com/o133P1acHO— Lionsroar_79™ (@Lionsroar_79) July 17, 2019Looks like a sponsored hen night 😂😂— Sam Archer (@westhamsam27) July 17, 2019I hope this is a joke! That’s absolutely horrendous— Harry Aston (@Hjaston) July 17, 2019LOOOOOOL worst kit ive ever seen in my life— Chad (@cfcChad) July 17, 2019I’m just praying Woodward and the Glazers don’t see this.— UTFR 🇾🇪 (@ManUtd_HQ) July 17, 2019Wow. You’d think it was difficult to make a mess of blue and white stripes.— Hombre Verde (@HombreVerde7) July 17, 2019Fair play to Huddersfield. This is probably the worst kit I’ve ever seen. Whoever decided it would be a good idea for the sponsor to be like that needs to be in a padded cell. pic.twitter.com/mUzp4K9MxX— Stanley House 🇪🇸6️⃣ (@StanleyHouseLFC) July 17, 2019
BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Update: Feldman is now correcting his report, saying that Kiffin did not interview for the Houston job as previously reported.Updating this. Am told Lane Kiffin did not interview for the Houston HC job. https://t.co/t7ss6MGzVP— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 1, 2019Earlier: FAU head coach Lane Kiffin reportedly interviewed for another college football coaching job this month.The Owls’ head coach was reportedly one of the candidates for the Houston head coaching gig before the school decided to hire Dana Holgorsen.The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reports that Kiffin was one of a couple of coaches to interview for the job.“Among the coaches Houston interviewed for the HC job: Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi; Cal DC Tim DeRuyter & FAU head coach Lane Kiffin, per source,” he reports.Among the coaches #Houston interviewed for the HC job: #Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi; #Cal DC Tim DeRuyter & #FAU head coach Lane Kiffin, per source. https://t.co/Zdnxz3Vf3k— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 1, 2019Kiffin, 43, has been FAU’s head coach since 2017.Most in the college football world did not expect him to stay with the Owls’ program for long, so it’s not surprising that he interviewed for another job.Perhaps he’ll be a candidate for the West Virginia job that’s opening up…Stay tuned.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 14: Johnny Manziel #2 of Texas A&M Aggies waits near the bench in the fourth quarter during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Over the weekend, Johnny Manziel made his debut in the Alliance of American Football for the Memphis Express. After coming in as the backup for starter Brandon Silvers, Manziel completed three-of-five passes for 48 yards.He also ran the ball twice for 20 yards on the night as the Express got the win in overtime.While Manziel has been busy getting his life in order after being kicked out of the Canadian Football League, he’s still keeping an eye on his former university.The former Texas A&M star had some words for Aggies starting quarterback Kellen Mond.“Keep that same base kid I see you spinnin it, Kellen Mond. #GigEm.” Manziel said on Twitter.Keep that same base kid I see you spinnin it @TheKellenMond #GigEm cc:@georgewhitfield https://t.co/K9a3xWX0vV— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) March 28, 2019Mond is the latest star quarterback for the Aggies. He hopes to become the next Texas A&M quarterback to take home the Heisman Trophy, after Manziel did so in 2012.While his rushing prowess isn’t quite like Manziel’s, Mond has already shown he has what it takes to be one of the SEC’s best quarterbacks. He threw for 3,107 yards and 24 touchdowns during his sophomore season, adding 474 yards on the ground.Meanwhile, next up for Manziel is a contest against the Orlando Apollos on Saturday afternoon. The game will be broadcast on TNT.
Next OnePlus 7, OnePlus 6T 5G: Sliding curved display, 5G connectivity, Snapdragon 855 and possible features The OnePlus 7 is one of the most hyped smartphones for 2019. With 5G and a sliding form factor, the next generation OnePlus 7 could revolutionise the premium smartphone segment in a major way.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 12:00 IST (Concept: Ben Geskin)HIGHLIGHTSOnePlus 7 will be powered by a Snapdragon 855 chip and OnePlus’ custom 5G modem.OnePlus is getting rid of the notch with slider form factor.he OnePlus 7 could also make the switch to curved edge display.Oneplus has always been at forefront when it comes to generating hype for its products. We saw that with the OnePlus 6T, where the company was able to create mega hype in the market with the smartphone’s in-display fingerprint sensor. And later at the Qualcomm Summit in Hawaii last December, they proudly announced their association with Qualcomm to bring one of the first few smartphones with 5G capability. And now, the leaks for the next generation OnePlus device are already out.Last weekend, the Internet was awash with a photo of two devices from OnePlus’ stables. The two smartphones, presumed to be the next generation OnePlus devices, have given us a preview of what to expect from the company. The biggest change that fans are anticipating is the removal of the notch and adopting the tried-and-tested slider form factor. The device will also feature curved edge displays, which are now widely adopted by manufacturers to increase the screen-to-body ratio. The other mysterious device with the waterdrop notch does bring a lot of questions.Therefore, if you are eagerly waiting for the next generation OnePlus devices, here’s what has happened so far in this regard.OnePlus 7 expected features–The OnePlus 7 will be launched sometime in 2019. This means that the device will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip. For now, it’s not known whether the device will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 modem or use a custom 5G modem. OnePlus did mention earlier that the 5G device won’t be supporting promised gigabit-class speeds due to technology constraints.advertisement (Photo: Slashleaks)–Since the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus’ devices have been losing bezels at a rate faster than any other smartphone. The OnePlus 6T brought it down to a waterdrop notch and with the OnePlus 7, the company is getting rid of it by adopting a sliding form factor. Many other smartphones such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and Honor Magic 2 have been using the sliding form factor for achieving a fullscreen display. OnePlus’ system firm Oppo even went for a motorised slider in the Find X flagship. It will be interesting to see whether OnePlus goes for the motorised slider or a manual one. Our bet is on the manual system.–Looking at the leaked photos, it seems that OnePlus isn’t going ahead with a 3D Infrared facial recognition system unlike some of its rivals. The OnePlus 7 could end up sporting a single front rear camera and the usual array of proximity as well as auto brightness sensors. OnePlus’ front camera-based facial verification system could make it to the new model, which translates into a major cost-saving measure for the company. We expect the in-screen fingerprint sensor to make a comeback on this one as well.–The OnePlus 7 could also make the switch to curved edge display similar to Samsung’s flagship S and Note series devices. The curved edge display is a controversial feature that has created a 50-50 opinion amongst consumers. The benefit that comes with the curved edge display for OnePlus is that they will be able to reduce the screen-to-body ratio and make the device easier to use at the same time.–As with previous OnePlus devices, the OnePlus 7 will run on Oxygen OS based on Android 9 Pie. While it appears no different than the one we are used to in the present models, we expect that OnePlus will be bringing certain new navigation gestures to justify the new all-screen display.–The Alert Slider will also be repositioned and could sit just above the power/lock button. This could make it easier to reach for those with smaller hands. The Alert Slider will is one of the most useful distinctive features on a OnePlus device.OnePlus 7 Lite/ OnePlus 6T 5G–The mysterious secondary device is expected to be called either the OnePlus 6T 5G variant or the OnePlus 7 Lite, considering it’s under testing as evident from the photos. Concept: Ben Geskin)–OnePlus did say that there will be a 5G device before the OnePlus 7 launches. We expect that OnePlus could be unveiling a 5G variant of the OnePlus 6T. It could feature the more powerful Snapdragon 855 chip and feature OnePlus’ custom 5G modem.–The leak shows that this device will feature the waterdrop notch similar to the OnePlus 6T. However, the device could also feature curved edges.–OnePlus also mentioned that their first 5G device smartphone will be more expensive than the most expensive variant of the OnePlus 6T. Therefore, to justify the additional price, we could expect to see OnePlus offering the 30W Warp Charge and 10GB RAM from the McLaren Edition.advertisement–In case this mysterious device ends up launching alongside the OnePlus 7 later in the year, it could be caked the OnePlus 7 Lite.–The OnePlus 7 Lite could offer a more affordable variant of the more expensive OnePlus 7 slider model. In this way, OnePlus could follow Apple and Samsung’s model of creating multiple variants of its flagship model to enhance accessibility.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, will support 5G in EuropeALSO READ | OnePlus 5G phone could be priced around Rs 45,999, launch expected early next yearALSO READ | OnePlus 5G smartphone will be expensive, won’t offer ultimate 5G speedsGet 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. 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MS Dhoni back with a bang after Adelaide heroics, says Nikhil ChopraIndia vs Australia: While heaping praise on MS Dhoni’s match-winning half-century in Adelaide, former cricketer Nikhil Chopra said the World Cup-winning former captain should play domestic cricket in order to keep himself match-ready.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 20:19 IST MS Dhoni’s 54-ball 55 helped India level the three-match ODI series against Australia in Adelaide (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni slammed a 54-ball 55 not out to help India to a series-levelling win at Adelaide Oval against AustraliaNikhil Chopra has said Dhoni’s back-to-back half-centuries will give the wicketkeeper-batsman a lot of confidenceIndia and Australia play the series decider of the three-match series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on FridayFormer India cricketer Nikhil Chopra said on Wednesday that MS Dhoni’s back-to-back half-centuries in the ongoing three-match ODI series between India and Australia will give the wicketkeeper-batsman a lot of confidence for the upcoming limited-overs fixtures in the lead up to World Cup 2019.Nikhil Chopra pointed out that the lack of match practice had made it difficult for MS Dhoni to shrug off rustiness in India’s 34-run defeat in the first ODI in Sydney but said he’s glad the former captain hit form and led India to a win in the second match of the series in Adelaide.Dhoni was criticised for his 96-ball 51 on a sluggish wicket at the SCG in the first ODI but the wicketkeeper-batsman managed to silence his critics, at least for the time being, with a 54-ball 55 that proved crucial in India gunning down a 299-run target at the Adelaide Oval.Dhoni, unlike the SCG knock, kept himself busy from the word go and cut loose after the departure of centurion Virat Kohli. Joining hands with Dinesh Karthik, who slammed a quickfire 25, the 37-year-old made sure India went past the finish line and levelled the three-match series at 1-1.”Tremendous [Dhoni’s effort in Adelaide]. After that first game where he got that half-century, little bit of rustines must have been shrugged off. Scoring a run-a-ball half-century, seeing India through, levelling the series just shows us that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back and back with a bang, without a doubt,” Nikhil Chopra told India Today.Shedding light on the positives from the Adelaide ODI, Chopra added: “Good thing for India is that players are fulfilling their roles – Dinesh Karthik and our man, Virat Kohli who loves to chase. He set up the chase beautifully. He will be a confident player, make no mistake about it.”advertisementKudos to Dinesh Karthik for quickfire knock in Adelaide: ChopraNonetheless, Chopra insisted that Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket in order to keep himself match-ready. The likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin had also insisted the World Cup-winning former captain keep himself busy with domestic commitments whenever he’s not playing international cricket.”I am glad he has got two back-to-back half-centuries because this will give him a great deal of confidence. I completely agree [with voices from back home urging him to play domestic cricket]. Why isn’t he playing domestic cricket? He has been a captain, he knows exactly that he needs to play domestic cricket so that the bat flow is there for him all the time,” Chopra said.”… He’s a great finisher, he has got more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. I can understand but at this moment of time. Nobody is doubting his ability but sometimes you need to keep playing according to the situation in hand. With Dhoni getting a run-a-ball 55, kudos to the unsung hero of the match, Dinesh Karthik. 25 off 14 was simply outstanding. He was outplaying the man who had been batting for a long time at the other end.”Despite facing a lot of criticism for the dip in scoring rate in the recent past, Dhoni has received the backing of the team management, the selectors and captain, Virat Kohli who heaped praise on the veteran for his contribution to the series-levelling win in Adelaide.”Tonight was an MS classic. Only he knows what’s going through his mind. He calculates the game so well. He backs himself to hit those big hits. Hats off to him and Dinesh as well,” Kohli had said.Also Read | Team India still benefitting from MS Dhoni’s finishing abilities: Jason GillespieAlso Read | MS Dhoni did not complete a single and forgot to raise his bat after reaching his fiftyAlso Read | India vs Australia: Why MS Dhoni lost his cool with Khaleel Ahmed in AdelaideAlso Read | MS Dhoni not getting younger, leave the man alone: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow India national cricket team
Next Rafael Nadal promises to keep fighting after losing one-sided Australian Open finalAustralian Open 2019: 17-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal was beaten in straight sets in a lopsided final against Novak Djokovic at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.advertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 17:09 IST Australian Open 2019: In a one-sided final, Rafael Nadal was beaten in straight sets by Novak Djokovic at the Rod Laver Arena (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal lost the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic in just 2 hours and 4 minutesNadal did not even manage to break Djokovic’s serve even once during the three-set finalNadal though said he is happy with the way he had played over the last two weeks in MelbourneRafael Nadal was handed a straight-set thrashing in the Australian Open 2019 final by Novak Djokovic on Sunday but the world No. 2 said he has a lot of positives to take from his campaign in the season’s first Grand Slam.Nadal was beaten 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in just two hours and four minutes by Djokovic, who went to clinch a record-breaking seventh title at the Melbourne Park. The Spaniard was bidding to become only the third player after Rod Laver and Roy Emerson to win all the Grand Slam titles twice but it was not to be.Nadal had reached Melbourne with dampened hopes of winning only his second title as he hadn’t played on the tour since retiring from US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in 2018. The Spaniard was expected to begin his new season in Brisbane but he pulled out of the Brisbane International with a thigh strain.Doubts remained over Nadal’s participation in the Australian Open but he managed to recover in time and put up a series of clinical performances. Nadal hadn’t dropped a set until the final and had decimated Roger Federer-slayer Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the semi-final on Thursday.Really believed I played two great weeks of tennis: Nadal”It has been a very emotional two weeks. Even if tonight wasn’t my best day, it has been a very important two weeks for me. I have been going through tough moments in the last year,” Nadal said.”I only can say one thing: I’m going to keep fighting hard, I’m going to keep working hard to be a better player.”@RafaelNadal is an inspiration #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/mABAoVAWYkadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019He added: “Since the US Open I was not able to play a professional match until the first round of the Australian Open. I really believe I played a great two weeks of tennis. It is going to be a good inspiration for what’s coming.”I can only say one thing – I am going to keep working and keep fighting hard to become a better player. Every moment, keep fighting. I’ve been trying for a long time.”Sometimes its been difficult for me in terms of injuries and sometimes in [opponents like tonight], but I will keep practicing.”Australian Open 2019, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal: HighlightsNadal was completely outplayed by Djokovic, who now has 15 Grand Slam titles to his name. When the two players met in the 2012 final at the Rod Laver Arena, the Serb needed five hours and 53 minutes to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup but he needed only two hours and four minutes on Sunday..@DjokerNole reunited with Norman once again.#AusOpen #AusOpenFinal pic.twitter.com/J6HBOr367d#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Djokovic raised his game to a new level as he needed no time to hit peak form in the much-anticipated final, which turned out to be lopsided. The world number one conceded just six points on serve over the first two sets and made just four unforced errors to Nadal’s 20 during the said period.Djokovic broke Nadal five times but conceded only one breakpoint, which the Spaniard failed to convert. Djokovic slipped away with the match and finished on the top step of the podium at the Melbourne Park after a remarkable night of tennis.Also Read | Novak Djokovic reveals new Aussie slang word he learnt after winning 7th Australia OpenAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Nadal vs DjokovicFollow Australian Open 2019 final
Nirav Modi spotted in London in ostrich leather jacket worth Rs 9 lakh. Internet has priceless reactionsIn the viral video, Nirav Modi can be seen walking around on the streets of London sporting a handle bar mustache, long hair and, now infamous, an Ostrich Hide jacket worth Rs 9 lakh.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 15:38 IST Nirav Modi spotted in London in Rs 9 lakh jacketBillionaire diamond tycoon, Nirav Modi, who probably managed to become a suspect in the biggest banking fraud in the country’s history, was just spotted in London.Nirav Modi, who was accused in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, was recently spotted by UK’s Telegraph newspaper strolling freely.But this time, instead of the fraud case going on against him, it was his jacket that caught everyone’s attention.Exclusive: Telegraph journalists tracked down Nirav Modi, the billionaire diamond tycoon who is a suspect for the biggest banking fraud in India’s historyhttps://t.co/PpsjGeFEsy pic.twitter.com/v3dN5NotzQThe Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 8, 2019In the video released by the Telegraph, Modi can be seen walking around on the streets of London sporting a handle bar mustache, long hair and, now infamous, an Ostrich Hide jacket worth 10,000 pounds, which is approximately Rs 9 lakh.Why his jacket is creating a stir? Well, because Modi duped many people with the scam and it is not going down well the Twitterati.Also, ostrich leather is one of the world’s most expensive and also the toughest leather. It has a quill pattern which appears like polka dots all over.After the video became viral, Twitterati had a lot to say about it and they did not hold back. Read the reaction:The moral of the story is this…No matter how hard you try…No matter how much ostrich skin you wear…..It’s hard to get a cab in London. #NiravModiadvertisementVir Das (@thevirdas) March 9, 2019Still trading in diamonds, wears a £10,000 ostrich hide jacket, and YET has to hail a cab! Life can be so unfair #NiravModi https://t.co/rRsVmktx4PPoulomi Saha (@PoulomiMSaha) March 9, 2019Best part about the video? #NiravModi wearing ostrich hide jacket worth 10,000 quidsunetra choudhury (@sunetrac) March 9, 2019There you are my friend in an ostrich hide jacketHoping that would help keep you unseen.#ostrich#comebackmodi https://t.co/7eBZ4VTk4NUrban Che (@UrbanChe) March 9, 2019″Sorry, no comment” says #NiravModi trying to ‘bury his head in the sand’The fact that he was wearing an Ostrich hide jacket is only a strange coincidence! pic.twitter.com/wMt4ChWzazGautham Shanbhogue (@ohmygaut) March 9, 2019In the video, the journalist can be seen following him around asking him questions, which he can avoids constantly saying, No comments.”ALSO SEE | Bihar man says vote for PM Narendra Modi as wedding gift for daughter. Invite goes viralALSO WATCH | Ground control to Major Tom: Inside Crimea’s spaceship hotelGet 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 byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Nirav Modi
Next Hungarian GP: Late overtake helps Hamilton pip Verstappen to claim 81st-career winLewis Hamilton claimed his 81st Formula One race victory on Sunday. The Mercedes driver is now only 10 wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher’s record of 91.advertisement Associated Press BudapestAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 4, 2019 20:41 IST Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian GP to claim his 8th victory of the season. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLewis Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen to claim 8th victory of the seasonIt was also Hamilton’s 81st Formula One winSebastian Vettel finished behind Verstappen in third place for FerrariLewis Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen near the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix to earn his 81st Formula One race victory and extend his championship lead.The Mercedes driver is now only 10 wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher’s record of 91.Mercedes made a strategic gamble with about 20 laps to go to bring Hamilton in for a second tire change, while Red Bull decided to keep Verstappen out on track in the hope he could defend on a difficult track for overtaking.It proved a Mercedes masterstroke.The much quicker tires helped Hamilton swallow up Verstappen’s 20-second lead and he finally got past the Red Bull on lap 67 of 70, having failed to overtake him several times earlier in the race.Sebastian Vettel finished behind Verstappen in third place for Ferrari ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr.Verstappen held his lead from pole position under pressure from Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas heading into Turn 1. But it was Hamilton who ended on top to clinch a seventh career win in Hungary, while Verstappen earning a consolation point for the fastest lap.Also Read | Hungarian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen takes 1st career pole positionAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat
Rasesh Mandani MumbaiAugust 17, 2019UPDATED: August 17, 2019 00:00 IST Ravi Shastri was reappointed as Indian head coach till T20 World Cup 2021. (AP Photo)Ravi Shastri, who was reappointed as Indian head coach till T20 World Cup 2021, by the Kapil Dev led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) set up for this purpose has asked for a greater say in the selection process during his interview.Shastri, who started as the overwhelming favourite to keep the top job, eventually won the race comfortably with his communication skills and prior experience of knowing the team well helping him clinch the race.But CAC members say Shastri’s interview wasn’t a monologue and questions were asked of him, for example, the weak middle order that cost India the World Cup. “Shastri wasn’t amused with the fact that he was kept out of selection meetings from quite some time where only the captain sat with the selectors to pick the team,” a CAC member told India Today.”He basically suggested the team management didn’t get the players they wanted in the middle order for the World Cup. Although the team management doesn’t have a vote in selection meetings, Shastri wants both the captain and coach’s inputs to be taken in selection meetings,” said another CAC member.Interestingly Chief selector MSK Prasad, when asked about inconsistencies in World Cup selections, had laid the blame on team management.”When Shikhar Dhawan was injured, we already had a reserve opener in KL Rahul. At that juncture, we didn’t have a left-hander at the top. The team management requested for a left-hander. We had no other choice other than Rishabh Pant. We knew his capability. That’s the reason why we had to bring in a left-hander.advertisement”Subsequently, when Vijay Shankar was injured, why an opener was brought in… that’s the confusion. In the game against England, KL Rahul fell on his back and he didn’t take the field. There was so much of worry factor. At that juncture, a mail was written (by team management) that we need a back-up opener. We looked at some of the openers. Some were not in form and some were injured. That’s when we went to Mayank Agarwal,” Prasad had said.With the selectors and not CAC assigned to pick the rest of the support staff to assist Shastri, next week, things could get a little more complex if the team management doesn’t have their way after that process is over.Also Read | How Ravi Shastri pipped Mike Hesson and Tom Moody for another stint as India head coachAlso Read | Mike Hesson misses out but congratulates Ravi Shastri on retaining India jobAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow India coach Ravi Shastri wants greater say in selection in new inningsRavi Shastri will continue as the head coach of India cricket team for another two years as the Cricket Advisory Committee, headed by Kapil Dev picked the former India captain for the role after conducting interviews in Mumbai on Friday.advertisement
Ashes 2019: Lord’s Test drawn as sub Labuschagne stands firmAustralia will head to Leeds for the third Test starting on Thursday on course to win the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001 but Smith’s fitness will be a matter of serious concern.advertisement Reuters LondonAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 00:26 IST Marnus Labuschagne, replacing Steve Smith as Test cricket’s first substitute, made 59. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe second Ashes Test was drawn as Australia, chasing 267 to beat England, ended on 154 for sixBen Stokes made a brilliant century and England declared on 258 for fiveSmith was ruled out of the final day suffering from concussion symptomsThe second Ashes Test was drawn as Australia, chasing 267 to beat England, ended on 154 for six after an absorbing final day at Lord’s on Sunday.Ben Stokes made a brilliant century and England declared on 258 for five before Jofra Archer claimed two early wickets to give the hosts the sniff of an unlikely victory.But Marnus Labuschagne, replacing Steve Smith as test cricket’s first substitute, made 59 and Travis Head an unbeaten 42 to lead the Australians to safety and keep them 1-0 up in the series.Smith was ruled out of the final day suffering from concussion symptoms after being struck on the neck by an Archer bouncer on Saturday and Labuschagne was hit on the helmet by the second ball he faced from the Barbados-born fast bowler.England vs Australia Ashes 2019 highlights 2nd Test Day 5The 25-year-old right-hander was able to continue batting, however, showing courage and composure under intense pressure to reach his second test fifty in his sixth match.Stokes scored 115 not out, hitting three sixes and 11 fours, as the hosts added 162 runs to their overnight score to give themselves a chance of leveling the series.After resuming on 96-4 following another rain delay, Stokes and Jos Buttler dug in to take England to 157-4 at lunch.Buttler fell for 31 but Stokes went on the attack and brought up his seventh test century, adding a quickfire 97 with Jonny Bairstow who finished unbeaten on 30.Archer removed David Warner and Usman Khawaja to continue his fine test debut as England reduced Australia to 46 for two at tea.advertisementWarner was caught at third slip by Rory Burns for five and Khawaja nicked the ball to wicketkeeper Bairstow to leave Australia reeling at 19-2.When spinner Jack Leach trapped Cameron Bancroft lbw for 16 England sensed the chance of pressing for victory but with Archer tiring they struggled to cause problems for the batsmen.Jason Roy dropped Head at second slip off Stokes and the hosts’ realistic hopes of winning the match were over.Labuschagne was caught by Joe Root off Leach, the England captain diving forward to clutch the ball before a lengthy video review to confirm it had not touched the ground.Matthew Wade tamely prodded the first ball of Leach’s next over to Buttler at short leg but captain Tim Paine survived the hat-trick delivery.Paine pulled Archer towards square leg and Joe Denly produced an astonishing catch, leaping to his left and clutching the ball one-handed, to leave England needing four wickets in seven overs.Although Archer steamed in, he could not make another breakthrough and in fading light the players shook hands at the end of a match heavily disrupted by rain which washed out the first day and most of the third.Australia will head to Leeds for the third test starting on Thursday on course to win the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001 but Smith’s fitness will be a matter of serious concern.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Lord’s test Next
Murali Vijay to play for Somerset in final 3 County Championship matchesMurali Vijay had featured in three Specsavers County Championship matches for Essex last season, scoring over 320 runs at an average of 64.60advertisement Press Trust of India LondonAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 23:25 IST AP PhotoOut of favour India batsman Murali Vijay will play for English side Somerset in the final three Specsavers County Championship matches of the season, the club announced on Monday.”Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to announce that Murali Vijay will be joining the Club as our overseas player for the final three Specsavers County Championship matches of the season,” the club said on its website.Vijay replaced Azhar Ali who was recalled by Pakistan earlier this month.The 35-year-old Indian has played 61 Tests, scoring 3982 runs at an average of 38.28 with a top score of 167. His First Class career encompasses 131 matches in which he has scored 9116 runs at an average of 42.79 with a top score of 266.He featured in three Specsavers County Championship matches for Essex last season, scoring over 320 runs at an average of 64.60.After signing for the Club, Vijay said: “I am excited about the challenge of trying to help Somerset push for the County Championship. Somerset have an excellent reputation and I am looking forward to being a part of what they are trying to achieve.”Somerset CCC Director of Cricket Andy Hurry said: “We are delighted to have been able to secure the services of such a high-quality player for the remainder of the County Championship. To have signed a player of his class and ability at this stage of the season is a real coup.”He has experience of English conditions, having played in the Championship for Essex last year, and that was extremely important to us when it came to selecting a replacement for Azhar.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Murali VijayFollow SomersetFollow County Championship Next
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